RDX (Hexogen)

  • Synonyms: Hexogen, Cyclonite and Cyclotri-methylene Trinitramine.
  • Specification: Military grade RDX is offered in accordance with MIL-R-398C.
  • Description: The RDX explosive compound has an extremely low volatility. It is a white solid with a density of 1.806 g/cc and nitrogen content of 37.84%.
  • Uses: Pure RDX is used in press-loaded projectiles. Cast loading is accomplished by blending RDX with a relatively low melting point substance. RDX is also used as a base charge in detonators and in blasting caps.


  • Compositions in which RDX is melted with wax are called Composition A Explosives. IPI offers Composition A-3, A-4, A-5, and A-6.
  • Compositions in which RDX is mixed with TNT are called Composition B Explosives: various mixtures of RDX and TNT, in proportions of approximately 60% RDX and 40% TNT. IPI offers Composition B (MIL-C-401), Composition B3 (MIL-C-45113), and Composition B4 (MIL-C-46652).
  • Compositions in which RDX is blended with a non-explosive plasticizer are called Composition C: a mixture of RDX, a plastic binder such as polyisobutylene (MIL-P-13298A), and a plasticizer.

IPI also offers a specific grade of RDX containing 1% desensitizing wax and 0.5% graphite for the oil drilling industry. This grade of RDX is used to produce shaped charges such as open-faced perforators and encapsulated perforators. It may also be used in boosters and explosive cartridges.



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