Central European Journal of Energetic Materials 


Volume 11, Number 2, 2014


Assay of the Thermally Stable, Insensitive, High

Explosive 1,3,5-Triamino-2,4,6-trinitrobenzene (TATB)



Amiya Kumar NANDI*, Nenavath THIRUPATHI,

Alok Kumar MANDAL and Raj Kishore PANDEY


High Energy Materials Research Laboratory, Chemical Engineering and Pilot Plant Division, Sutarwadi, Pune-411021, India *E-mail: nandi.ak@hemrl.drdo.in


Abstract: An aqueous titration method is described to assay the insensitive, high explosive 1,3,5-triamino-2,4,6-trinitrobenzene (TATB). TATB is initially quantitatively converted to the weak acid 1,3,5-trihydroxy-2,4,6-trinitrobenzene (THTNB) by base catalysed hydrolysis. Subsequently THTNB is assayed by acidbase titration. TATB samples obtained from regular batch operations are assayed by this method, and the results are compared with those obtained by the total amino functional group estimation method using a modified Kjeldhal apparatus. The method is simple and has good accuracy and precision.


Keywords: assay of TATB, acid- base titration, base hydrolysis, trinitrophloroglucinol, ammonium chloride



Institute of Industrial Organic Chemistry

Warsaw, Poland