, Volume 75, Issue 19–20, pp 1199–1204 | Cite as

HPLC Approach to Evaluate the Degree of Coverage of Polymer-Coated Hexahydro-1,3,5-trinitro-1,3,5-triazine

  • Shuai ZhangEmail author
  • Tianbo Zhao
  • Guan Luo
  • Hui Huang
  • Zhongzhan Cai
  • Pingsheng Wang
Short Communication


An efficient and reliable technique to evaluate the degree of coverage of hexahydro-1,3,5-trinitro-1,3,5-triazine (RDX) was described. The method was based on a quantitative analysis of RDX leakage carried out with a high performance of liquid chromatography (HPLC). For this study, replicated analyses were performed on coated samples prepared by different kinds of coating materials and methods. The efficiency of characterization by using both HPLC and scanning electron microscope was compared. To note, the evaluation through former technique is more on macroscopic perspective rather than morphological observation of sample. Meanwhile, the HPLC method also provided characterization results that were in good agreement with morphology observation. A noteworthy advantage of this original technique is that the evaluation of coating quality of melt-cast explosives can be carried out under similar conditions. The experimental data were provided for deep understanding of the soluble behavior of coated RDX and its possible applications in practical problems.


HPLC SEM Coated RDX Coverage Melt-cast explosives 



The authors thank the National Natural Science Funds (No. 20973022) NSAF11076002 and China 111 Project No: B07012 for supporting the research.

Conflict of interest

The authors declare no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shuai Zhang
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Tianbo Zhao
    • 2
  • Guan Luo
    • 1
  • Hui Huang
    • 1
  • Zhongzhan Cai
    • 1
  • Pingsheng Wang
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Chemical MaterialsChina Academy of Engineering PhysicsMianyangPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Department of Chemistry, Key Laboratory of Cluster ScienceMinistry of Education of China, Beijing Institute of TechnologyBeijingPeople’s Republic of China

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