The sublimation enthalpies of four highly energetic materials (HEMs): triacetone triperoxide (TATP), 2,4-dinitrotoluene (DNT), 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT) and 1,3,5-trinitrohexahydro-s-triazine (RDX) deposited on stainless steel (SS) substrates were determined by optical fibre coupled-grazing angle probe (GAP) FTIR spectroscopy and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) for bulk crystaline HEMs samples. The desorption energy of RDX on SS was also studied using grazing angle FTIR microscopy. Metastable phases of 2,4-DNT and TNT were observed when deposited on SS, and their sublimation enthalpies values were obtained by GAP measurements and compared with those for the crystalline phases. The sublimation enthalpies for the alpha phase RDX was also determined by TGA measurements. A layer of crystalline beta phase RDX was observed on SS, and it's sublimation enthalpies was determinate by GAP. PLS calibration curves for the surface concentrations of RDX on SS were generated using GAP to determinate the surface concentration with time at different temperatures.
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