Picratol

Other Names

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Use

Picratol is a mixture of 52% Explosive D and 48% TNT. It is currently used in the 2000-lb. SAP Bomb M103 and is under consideration for appliance in other Army AP’s and SAP's. Picratol's stability is about equal to that of Explosive D and TNT. It has a rate of detonation of 22,875 ft./sec. at a normal loading density of 1.625. Brisance tests, peak pressure tests, and impulse tests indicate that Picratol’s destructive force is somewhat less than that of TNT, but greater than that of Explosive D.

Source(s)

TM 9-1300-214, Military Explosives (w/C4, 1990)

OP 2216, Volume 1 - Aircraft Bombs, Fuzes, and Associated Components (1960)

OP 1664, Volume 1 - US Explosive Ordnance (1947)

USNBD - Bombs and Fuzes, Pyrotechnics (1945)