Volume 23, Issue 1 (January 1978)
Propellant Identification by Particle Size Measurement
The identification of propellants in evidential materials or from ammunition samples is of considerable interest in forensic investigations. Recently the thermal decomposition of nitrocellulose small arms propellants was studied in an effort to provide a method of identifying different samples [1,2]. In these studies it was established that differences in thermal characteristics do not provide reliable methods for differentiation between propellants.