Application Note: N Determination in Cellulose Nitrate According to the Dumas Combustion Method
29 May 2017

Cellulose nitrate, originally known as guncotton, is a highly flammable compound formed by nitrating cellulose through exposure to nitric acid. One of the most tested parameters is the nitrogen content because cellulose nitrate with a higher nitrogen content (e.g. trinitro cellulose) is used as explosives and those with medium content for preparation of jellies explosive and smokeless powders. This application note presents the nitrogen determination in cellulose nitrate according to the Dumas combustion method.