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(organic chemistry)
(NO2)3C6H2N(NO2)CH3 A yellow, water-insoluble, crystalline explosive material melting at 130°C; used in explosives and ammunition. Also known as tetralite.



(or 2, 4, 6-trinitrophenylmethylnitramine), a white crystalline substance that yellows upon exposure to light. Tetryl melts at 129.5°C and has a density of 1.73 g/cm3. It is insoluble in water but dissolves readily in benzene, acetone, and dichloroethane.

Tetryl is obtained by nitration of the sulfate salts of N-methylaniline, N, N-dimethylaniline, or 2,4-dinitro-N-methylaniline. It is a high explosive, with a detonation rate of 7,500 m/sec at a density of 1.63 g/cm3 and a heat of explosion of 4,609 kilojoules per kg, or 1,100 kilocalories per kg. It is used in primers and as a booster explosive.

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For DNT, TNT, RDX, and tetryl, the peak areas either matched or exceeded the areas for the stirred sample, while the peak area for PETN was only about half of the stirred sample.
Depth Charge Tetryl Replacement In support of conventional munitions manufacture and stock management the Defence General Munitions Project Team (DGM PT) has a requirement for the replacement of the Tetryl elements within the Depth Charge Fuze comprising the Detonator and Booster.