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    • Thermal decomposition of zinc hydroxy azide

      S R Yoganarasimhan C R Jagga

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      The isothermal decomposition of zinc hydroxy azides, Zn(OH)2-x(N3)x: follows deceleratory kinetics throughout the temperature range studied. The initial part of the decomposition fits into unimolecular decay law, log (1-a) = -kt. The contracting volume law satisfactorily describes the data at higher degrees of decomposition. The maximum value ofa upto which the slow decomposition could be recorded was 0.75. The aged form of zinc hydroxy azide decomposes with much lower rates and slightly different topochemical characteristics. The decrease in the rate of decomposition on ageing has been attributed to the formation of carbonate on the surface of the compound during storage. The change in topochemical behaviour is traced to the reported layer structure of zinc hydroxy azide. The effect of pre-heating on subsequent thermal decomposition has also been discussed.

    • Thermal decomposition of γ-irradiated zinc hydroxy azide

      S R Yoganarasimhan C R Jagga

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      The effect of pre-irradiation by γ-rays (60Co) at varying dosages on subsequent thermal decomposition of differently treated samples of zinc hydroxy azide is reported here. The same kinetic forms as in the case of untreated sample, viz., the unimolecular decay law followed by the contracting cube, fit thea, t data. The rate constants increase only marginally. The effect of increasing dosage from 10 krad to 24 Mrad is very small. The effect of pre-irradiation on decomposition of the aged sample is slightly more pronounced than in the case of the fresh sample.

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