1,2,4-Butanetriol trinitrate

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1,2,4-Butanetriol trinitrate
1,2,4-Butanetriol trinitrate
Systematic name 1,2,4-Butanetriol trinitrate
Chemical formula C4H7N3O9
Molecular mass 241.11 g/mol
Density x.xxx g/cm³
Melting point xx.x °C
Boiling point xx.x °C
CAS number [6659-60-5]
SMILES O=[N+]([O-])OCC(O[N+]([O-])=O)CCO[N+]([O-])=O
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1,2,4-Butanetriol trinitrate (BTTN), also called butanetriol trinitrate, is an important military propellant. It is a colorless to brown explosive liquid.

BTTN is used as a propellant in virtually all single-stage missiles used by the United States, including the Hellfire. It is less volatile, less sensitive to shock, and more thermally stable than nitroglycerine, for which it is a promising replacement.

BTTN as a propellant is often used in a mixture with nitroglycerin. The mixture can be made by conitration of butanetriol and glycerol. BTTN is also used as a plasticizer in some nitrocellulose based propellants.

BTTN is manufactured by nitration of 1,2,4-butanetriol. Biotechnological manufacture of butanetriol is under intensive research.

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