Agent Name

Octogen

Alternative Name

HMX

CAS Number

2691-41-0

Formula

C4-H8-N8-O8

Major Category

Other Uses

Synonyms

HMX; 1,3,5,7-Tetranitro-1,3,5,7-tetraazacyclooctane; 1,3,5,7-Tetrazocine, octahydro-1,3,5,7-tetranitro-; Cyclotetramethylenetetranitramine; HMX; HW 4; LX 14-0; Octogen; Oktogen; Tetramethylenetetranitramine; beta-Hmy; Cyclotetramethylenetetranitramine, wetted or HMX, wetted or octogen, wetted with not <15% water, by mass; Octolite or octol, dry or wetted with < 15% water, by mass; UN0226; UN0484; [ChemIDplus]

Category

Explosives

Description

White crystals; [CAMEO]

Sources/Uses

Used in propellants and explosives; [CAMEO]

Comments

Studies of munition plant workers have been negative for adverse effects. In high-dose animal studies, injury to the kidneys, liver, and CNS is observed. Rats survive exposures up to 4,000 mg/kg/day for 13 weeks. [HSDB] Emits nitrogen oxides when heated to decomposition; Explodes at 279 degrees C; Toxic by ingestion; [Sax] "Highly explosive!" [Merck Index, 6758]

Restricted

Transport of HMX (dry or unphlegmatized) is forbidden. Transport of HMX, desensitized, or HMX wetted with not <15% water is forbidden by cargo aircraft or passenger aircraft/rail. [HMT]

Reference Link

ATSDR - Toxicological Profile: HMX (Octogen)

Exposure Assessment
Vapor Pressure

2.41E-8 mm Hg

Explanatory Notes

Melting point equals 281 degrees C. [CAMEO]

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