The name RDX was coined by the British.
In tests at Blastech, a facility near Buxton in England, a prototype successfully contained five detonations of RDX, a plastic explosive.
Nitration of methenamine gives the explosive cyclonite, or RDX.
The torpedo warhead Torpex, for example, is a cast mixture of RDX, TNT, and aluminum.
These contain about 80 percent RDX combined with a mixture of various oils, waxes, and plasticizers.
RDX is a hard, white crystalline solid, insoluble in water and only slightly soluble in some other solvents.
There is no indication that any TNX was used in World War II; it is believed to have been replaced by PETN and RDX.
The dominant base-charge materials are now pentaerythritol tetranitrate (PETN) and cyclotrimethylenetrinitramine (RDX).
RDX is sometimes used in place of PETN for high temperatures, because the melting points are, respectively, 203.5° and 140° C (398.3° and 284° F).
The explosive charge in most conventional bombs usually consists of TNT, RDX, ammonium nitrate, or other high explosives in combination with each other.
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