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United States Patent Application 20050263224
Kind Code A1
Wu, Jianzhou ;   et al. December 1, 2005

Gas generating composition for inflator containing melamine cyanurate

Abstract

To provide a gas generating composition for air bag which is low in toxicity, large in burning rate, and low in combustion temperature. Gas generating compositions comprising (a) melamine cyanurate or a mixture of melamine cyanurate and nitrogen-containing organic compound and (b) oxygen-containing oxidant, and gas generating compositions comprising (c) binder and (d) additive are provided.


Inventors: Wu, Jianzhou; (Hyogo, JP) ; Tomiyama, Shogo; (Hyogo, JP)
Correspondence Address:
    BIRCH STEWART KOLASCH & BIRCH
    PO BOX 747
    FALLS CHURCH
    VA
    22040-0747
    US
Serial No.: 633645
Series Code: 10
Filed: August 5, 2003

Current U.S. Class: 149/46
Class at Publication: 149/046
International Class: C06B 031/28


Foreign Application Data

DateCodeApplication Number
Aug 5, 2002JP2002-227094

Claims



1. A gas generating composition comprising Component (a) and, if required, Component (b) of the followings: (a) melamine cyanurate or a mixture of melamine cyanurate and a nitrogen-containing organic compound serving as a fuel (b) oxygen-containing oxidant.

2. The gas generating composition according to claim 1 further comprising, if required, one or at least two selected from Component (c) and Component (d) of the following: (c) binder (d) additive selected from metal oxides, metal hydroxides, metal carbonates, boric acid, metaboric acid and the like.

3. The gas generating composition according to claim 2, wherein the content of Component (a) is 10 to 60% by mass, and the content of Component (b) is 40 to 90% by mass.

4. The gas generating composition according to claim 2, wherein the content of Component (a) is 10 to 60% by mass, the content of Component (b) is 40 to 90% by mass, the content of Component (c) is 0 to 15% by mass, and the content of Component (d) is 20% by mass or less.

5. The gas generating composition claim 1 or 2, wherein, when the fuel of Component (a) is a mixture of melamine cyanurate and a nitrogen-containing organic compound, the nitrogen-containing organic compound is one or at least two selected from the group consisting of tetrazole compounds including 5-aminotetrazole and ammonium bitetrazole; guanidine compounds including nitroguanidine, guanidine sulfate and dicyandiamide; and triazine compounds including melamine, trimethylol melamine, alkylated methylol melamine, ammeline, ammelande, nitrate salt of melamine, perchlorate salt of melamine, trihydrazino triazine and nitrated compound of melamine.

6. The gas generating composition according to claim 1 or 2, wherein the oxygen-containing oxidant of Component (b) is one or at least two selected from the group consisting of metal nitrates, ammonium nitrate, metal perchlorates, ammonium perchlorate, metal nitrites, metal chlorates, basic copper nitrate, basic cobalt nitrate, basic zinc nitrate and basic manganese nitrate.

7. The gas generating composition according to claim 2 or 4, wherein the binder of Component (c) is one or at least two selected from the group consisting of carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC), sodium carboxymethyl cellulose, potassium carboxymethyl cellulose, ammonium carboxymethyl cellulose, cellulose acetate, cellulose acetate butylate, methyl cellulose, ethyl cellulose, hydroxyethyl cellulose, ethylhydroxyethyl cellulose, hydroxypropyl cellulose, carboxymethylethyl cellulose, microcrystal cellulose, polyacrylamide, amino compound of polyacrylamide, polyacrylhydrazide, acrylamide/acrylic acid metal salt copolymer, polyacrylamide/polyacrylic acid ester compound copolymer, polyvinyl alcohol, acrylic rubber, guar gum, starch and silicone.

8. The gas generating composition according to claim 2 or 4, wherein the additive of Component (d) is one or at least two selected from the group consisting of metal oxides including copper oxide, iron oxide, zinc oxide, cobalt oxide, manganese oxide, molybdenum oxide, nickel oxide, bismuth oxide, silica and alumina; metal hydroxides including aluminum hydroxide, cobalt hydroxide, iron hydroxide and magnesium hydroxide; metal carbonates or basic metal carbonates including cobalt carbonate, calcium carbonate, basic zinc carbonate and basic copper carbonate; complex compounds of metal oxides or hydroxides including Japanese acid clay, kaolin, talc, bentonite, diatomaceous earth and hydrotalcite; metal acid salts including sodium silicate, mica molybdate, cobalt molybdate and ammonium molybdate; silicone, molybdenum disulfide, calcium stearate, silicon nitride, silicon carbide, metaboric acid, boric acid and boric anhydride.

9. The gas generating composition according to claim 1 comprising melamine cyanurate as Component (a) and basic copper nitrate as Component (b).

10. The gas generating composition according to claim 1 comprising 15 to 40% by mass of melamine cyanurate as Component (a) and 60 to 85% by mass of basic copper nitrate as Component (b).

11. The gas generating composition according to claim 1 comprising 15 to 60% by mass of a mixture of melamine cyanurate and guanidine nitrate as Component (a) and 40 to 85% by mass of basic copper nitrate as Component (b).

12. The gas generating composition according to claim 1 comprising 15 to 50% by mass of a mixture of melamine cyanurate and melamine as Component (a) and 50 to 85% by mass of basic copper nitrate as Component (b).

13. The gas generating composition according to claim 1, comprising 15 to 50% by mass of a mixture of melamine cyanurate and ammonium bitetrazole as Component (a) and 50 to 85% by mass of basic copper nitrate as Component (b).

14. The gas generating composition according to claim 2 comprising melamine cyanurate as Component (a), basic copper nitrate as Component (b) and sodium carboxymethyl cellulose or guar gum as Component (c).

15. The gas generating composition according to claim 2 comprising 15 to 30% by mass of melamine cyanurate as Component (a), 40 to 90% by mass of basic copper nitrate as Component (b) and 0.1 to 10% by mass of sodium carboxymethyl cellulose or guar gum as Component (c).

16. The gas generating composition according to claim 2 comprising 15 to 50% by mass of a mixture of melamine cyanurate and guanidine nitrate as Component (a), 50 to 80% by mass of basic copper nitrate as Component (b) and 0.1 to 10% by mass of sodium carboxymethyl cellulose or guar gum as Component (c).

17. The gas generating composition according to claim 2 comprising 15 to 30% by mass of a mixture of melamine cyanurate and melamine as Component (a), from 60 to 80% by mass of basic copper nitrate as Component (b) and from 0.1 to 10% by mass of sodium carboxymethyl cellulose or guar gum as Component (c).

18. The gas generating composition according to claim 2 comprising 10 to 30% by mass of melamine cyanurate as Component (a), 40 to 90% by mass of basic copper nitrate as Component (b), 0.1 to 10% by mass of sodium carboxymethyl cellulose as Component (c), and 0.5 to 15% by mass of aluminum hydroxide as Component (d).

19. The gas generating composition according to claim 2 comprising 10 to 50% by mass of a mixture of melamine cyanurate and guanidine nitrate as Component (a), 40 to 90% by mass of basic copper nitrate as Component (b), 0.1 to 10% by mass of sodium carboxymethyl cellulose as Component (c), and 1 to 10% by mass of aluminum hydroxide as Component (d).

20. The gas generating composition according to claim 2 comprising 10 to 30% by mass of a mixture of melamine cyanurate and melamine as Component (a), 40 to 90% by mass of basic copper nitrate as Component (b), 0.1 to 10% by mass of sodium carboxymethyl cellulose as Component (c), and 0.1 to 15% by mass of aluminum hydroxide as Component (d).

21. The gas generating composition according to claim 2 comprising 10 to 30% by mass of melamine cyanurate as Component (a), 40 to 90% by mass of basic copper nitrate as Component (b), 0.1 to 10% by mass of sodium carboxymethyl cellulose as Component (c), and 1 to 10% by mass of magnesium hydroxide or metaboric acid as Component (d).

22. The gas generating composition comprising 10 to 30% by mass of melamine cyanurate as Component (a), 50 to 80% by mass of basic copper nitrate as Component (b), 0.1 to 10% by mass of sodium carboxymethyl cellulose as Component (c), and 0.1 to 10% by mass of one or at least two additives selected from the group consisting of aluminum oxide, silica, Japanese acid clay and diatomaceous earth as Component (d).

23. A molded article of a gas generating composition in a shape of a single-perforated cylinder or perforated (porous) cylinder obtained by extrusion of the gas generating composition according to claim 1 or 2.

24. A molded article of a gas generating composition in a shape of pellet obtained by compression-molding the gas generating composition according to claims 1 or 2.

25. An inflator for air bag using the gas generating composition according to claim 1 or 2.

26. An inflator for air bag using the molder article of the gas generating agent according to claim 23.

27. An inflator for air bag using the molded article of the gas generating agent according to claim 24.
Description



TECHNICAL FIELD TO WHICH THE INVENTION BELONGS

[0001] The present invention relates to a gas generating composition which is suitable for air bag restraining system in automobiles and the like, its molded article and an air bag inflator using the same.

PRIOR ART

[0002] Conventionally, compositions using sodium azide have been often used as a gas generating agent for an air bag which serves as an occupant protecting apparatus in an automobile. However, as the toxicity to human body [LD50(oral-tat)=27 mg/kg] and danger in handling of sodium azide is becoming problems, gas generating compositions containing various kinds of nitrogen-containing organic compounds have been developed as so-called non-azide based gas generating compositions which are safer alternatives.

[0003] U.S. Pat. No. 4,909,549 discloses a composition comprising a hydrogen-containing tetrazole, a triazole compound and an oxygen-containing oxidant. U.S. Pat. No. 4,370,181 discloses a gas generating composition comprising a metal salt of bitetrazole not containing hydrogen and an oxidant not containing oxygen. U.S. Pat. No. 4,369,079 discloses a gas generating composition comprising a metal salt of bitetrazole not containing hydrogen, alkaline metal nitrate, alkaline metal nitrite, alkaline earth metal nitrate, alkaline earth metal nitrite and a mixture thereof. U.S. Pat. No. 5,542,999 discloses a gas generating agent comprising a fuel such as GZT, TAGN (triaminonitroguanidine), NG (nitroguanidine), NTO and the like, basic copper nitrate, a catalyst which reduces toxic gas and a coolant agent. JP-A No. 10-72273 discloses a gas generating agent comprising a bitetrazole metal salt, a bitetrazole ammonium salt, aminotetrazole and ammonium nitrate. JP-A No. 2001-220282 discloses a gas generating agent comprising a triazine derivative and a basic metal nitrate.

[0004] The above non-azide based gas generating compositions, however, have problems in respect of combustion temperature, burning rate, phase transition, amounts of generated carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxide, gas output, safety in handling and the like.

[0005] The gas generating composition disclosed in U.S. Pat. No. 4,369,079 has a high combustion temperature, and hence require a large amount of coolant in practical use. The composition of U.S. Pat. No. 5,542,999 has a small burning rate, and therefore, there is a possibility such that it is not burnt completely in a short period of time. As to the gas generating agent in JP-A No. 10-72273, a molded article of a gas generating composition is broken due to a form change caused by phase transition of ammonium nitrate in the use temperature range, so that stable combustion cannot be obtained. In the patents of non-azide based gas generating agents other than JP-A No. 2001-220282, tetrazoles, nitroguanidine, TAGN and the like are used as a fuel for gas generating agent, but they are dangerous substances and has to be handled with special attention.

[0006] In addition, there is no prior art, including the invention disclosed in JP-A No. 2001-220282, that uses melamine cyanurate as a fuel of a gas generating agent.

DISCLOSURE OF THE INVENTION

[0007] Accordingly, an object of the present invention is to provide a gas generating composition having a low combustion temperature, generating only small amounts of carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxide and being safe in handling, and a molded article thereof, as well as an inflator for air bag using the same.

[0008] The present invention provides a gas generating composition comprising Component (a) as described below, and Component (b) if required:

[0009] (a) melamine cyanurate or a mixture of melamine cyanurate and nitrogen-containing organic compound serving as a fuel. (b) oxygen-containing oxidant.

[0010] In the above aspect of the invention, although the gas generating composition may comprise Component (a) but not Component (b), the gas generating composition preferably comprises both Component (a) and Component (b).

[0011] Furthermore, the present invention provides a molded article in a shape of a single-perforated cylinder, a perforated (porous) cylinder or a pellet obtained from the above gas generating composition. The single pore or multi pores may be a through hole or a non-through hole.

[0012] Furthermore, the present invention provides an inflator for air bag using the above gas generating composition and the molded article.

[0013] Since the gas generating composition and its molded article according to the present invention are low in toxicity and less dangerous, so that they are safe in handling, and have a large burning rate, a low combustion temperature and small amounts of generated carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxide at the time of combustion.

PREFERRED EMBODIMENT OF THE INVENTION

[0014] Melamine cyanurate or a mixture of melamine cyanurate and nitrogen-containing organic compound of Component (a) used in the present invention is low in toxicity, and is preferably combined with Component (b) because low combustion temperature and large burning rate can be obtained.

[0015] Melamine cyanurate is desirable because it has such low toxicity of LD50 (oral-rat)=2020 mg/kg and excellent thermal stability, and is safe in handling and inexpensive.

[0016] An example of the nitrogen-containing organic compound can be one or at least two selected from the group consisting of tetrazole compounds including 5-aminotetrazole and bitetrazole ammonium salt; guanidine compounds including nitroguanidine, guanidine nitrate and dicyanediamide; and triazine compounds including melamine, trimethylol melamine, alkylated methylol melamine, ammeline, ammelande, nitrate salt of melamine, perchlorate salt of melamine, trihydrazino triazine and nitrated compound of melamine.

[0017] In view of solving the problem of the invention, the blending ratio (mass ratio) of nitrogen-containing organic compound/melamine cyanurate in preparing a mixture of melamine cyanurate and a nitrogen-containing organic compound is preferably 0.05 to 8, more preferably 0.1 to 6, and still more preferably 0.2 to 2.

[0018] An example of the oxygen-containing oxidant of Component (b) used in the present invention can be one or at least two selected from the group consisting of metal nitrates, ammonium nitrate, metal perchlorates, ammonium perchlorate, metal nitrites, metal chlorates, basic copper nitrate, basic cobalt nitrate, basic zinc nitrate and basic manganese nitrate, and among these, basic copper nitrate is preferable.

[0019] The basic copper nitrate has excellent thermal stability because phase transition does not occur in the use temperature range and it has a high melting point. In addition, since it acts to lower the combustion temperature of gas generating agent, an amount of generated nitrogen oxide can also be reduced.

[0020] In case of making the gas generating composition of the present invention two-component system consisting of Component (a) and Component (b), the content of Component (a) is preferably 10 to 60% by mass, and more preferably 15 to 50% by mass. The content of Component (b) is preferably 40 to 90% by mass, and more preferably from 50 to 85% by mass.

[0021] One preferred embodiment of the gas generating composition of two-component system comprises (a) melamine cyanurate and (b) basic copper nitrate. In this case, the content of (a) melamine cyanurate is preferably 15 to 40% by mass and the content of (b) basic copper nitrate is preferably 60 to 85% by mass.

[0022] Another preferred embodiment of the gas generating composition of two-component system comprises (a) a mixture of melamine cyanurate and guanidine nitrate and (b) basic copper nitrate. In this case, the content of (a) a mixture of melamine cyanurate and guanidine nitrate is preferably 15 to 60% by mass and the content of (b) basic copper nitrate preferably is 40 to 85% by mass.

[0023] Another preferred embodiment of the gas generating composition of two-component system comprises (a) a mixture of melamine cyanurate and melamine and (b) basic copper nitrate. In this case, the content of (a) a mixture of melamine cyanurate and melamine is preferably 15 to 50% by mass and the content of (b) basic copper nitrate is preferably from 50 to 85% by mass.

[0024] Another preferred embodiment of the gas generating composition of two-component system comprises (a) a mixture of melamine cyanurate and bitetrazole ammonium salt and (b) basic copper nitrate. In this case, the content of (a) a mixture of melamine cyanurate and bitetrazole ammonium salt is preferably 15 to 50% by mass and the content of (b) basic copper nitrate is preferably 50 to 85% by mass.

[0025] When the gas generating composition of the present invention is prepared by one-component system of Component (a), two-component system of Components (a) and (b), or three-component system of Components (a), (b) and (d), if the molding strength of the molded article is not sufficient, there may be a possibility such that the molded article collapses and burns too violently to control the combustion in actual combustion. For this reason, a binder of Component (c) is preferably added.

[0026] The binder of Component (c) can be one or at least two selected from the group consisting of carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC), sodium carboxymethyl cellulose (CMCNa), potassium carboxymethyl cellulose, ammonium carboxymethyl cellulose, cellulose acetate, cellulose acetate butylate (CAB), methyl cellulose (MC), ethyl cellulose (EC), hydroxyethyl cellulose (HEC), ethylhydroxyethyl cellulose (EHEC), hydroxypropyl cellulose (HPC), carboxymethylethyl cellulose (CMEC), microcrystal cellulose, polyacrylamide, amino compound of polyacrylamide, polyacrylhydrazide, acrylamide/acrylic acid metal salt copolymer, polyacrylamide/polyacrylic acid ester compound copolymer, polyvinyl alcohol, acrylic rubber, guar gum, starch and silicone. Among these, sodium carboxymethyl cellulose (CMCNa) and guar gum are preferable in view of the adherence of the binder, cost, ignitionability and the like.

[0027] When the gas generating composition of the present invention is prepared by a one-component system of Component (a), two-component system of Components (a) and (b), or three-component system of Components (a), (b) and (c), it is preferable to further add an additive of Component (d) in order to adjust the burning rate of gas generating agent and clean the combustion gas.

[0028] The additive of Component (d) can be at least one selected from the group consisting of metal oxides such as copper (II) oxide, iron oxide, zinc oxide, cobalt oxide, manganese oxide, molybdenum oxide, nickel oxide, bismuth oxide, silica, alumina; metal hydroxides such as aluminum hydroxide, magnesium hydroxide, cobalt hydroxide, iron hydroxide; metal carbonates or basic metal carbonates such as cobalt carbonate, calcium carbonate, basic zinc carbonate, basic copper carbonate; complex compounds of metal oxides or hydroxides such as Japanese acid clay, kaolin, talc, bentonite, diatomaceous earth, hydrotalcite; metal acid salts such as sodium silicate, mica molybdate, cobalt molybdate, ammonium molybdate; silicone, molybdenum disulfide, calcium stearate, silicon nitride, silicon carbide, metaboric acid, boric acid and boric anhydride.

[0029] For reducing an amount of generated carbon monoxide after combustion of the gas generating composition, it is preferred to add aluminum hydroxide or cobalt oxide as Component (d).

[0030] When the gas generating composition of the present invention is prepared by three-component system or four-component system of Components (a) to (d), the contents of the respective components are as follows: the content of Component (a) is preferably 10 to 60% by mass and more preferably 10 to 50% by mass; the content of Component (b) is preferably 40 to 90% by mass, and more preferably 50 to 80% by mass; the content of Component (c) is preferably 0 to 15% by mass, and more preferably 1 to 10% by mass; and the content of Component (d) is preferably not more than 20% by mass, and more preferably 0.5 to 15% by mass.

[0031] One preferred embodiment of the gas generating composition of three-component system comprises melamine cyanurate of Component (a) and basic copper nitrate of Component (b) and sodium carboxymethyl cellulose or guar gum of Component (c). In this case, the content of melamine cyanurate of Component (a) is preferably 15 to 30% by mass, basic copper nitrate of Component (b) is preferably 40 to 90% by mass and sodium carboxymethyl cellulose or guar gum of Component (c) is preferably 0.1 to 10% by mass.

[0032] Another preferred embodiment of the gas generating composition of three-component system comprises a mixture of melamine cyanurate and guanidine nitrate of Component (a) and basic copper nitrate of Component (b) and sodium carboxymethyl cellulose or guar gum of Component (c). In this case, the content of a mixture of melamine cyanurate and guanidine nitrate of Component (a) is preferably 15 to 50% by mass, basic copper nitrate of Component (b) is preferably 50 to 80% by mass and sodium carboxymethyl cellulose or guar gum of Component (c) is preferably 0.1 to 10% by mass.

[0033] Another preferred embodiment for the gas generating composition of three-component system comprises a mixture of melamine cyanurate and melamine of Component (a) and basic copper nitrate of Component (b) and sodium carboxymethyl cellulose or guar gum of Component (c). In this case, the content of a mixture of melamine cyanurate and melamine of Component (a) is preferably 15 to 30% by mass, basic copper nitrate of Component (b) is preferably 60 to 80% by mass and sodium carboxymethyl cellulose or guar gum of Component (c) is preferably 0.1 to 10% by mass.

[0034] One preferred embodiment of the gas generating composition of four-component system comprises melamine cyanurate of Component (a), basic copper nitrate of Component (b), sodium carboxymethyl cellulose of Component (c) and aluminum hydroxide of Component (d). In this case, the content of melamine of Component (a) is preferably 10 to 30% by mass, basic copper nitrate of Component (b) is preferably 40 to 90% by mass, sodium carboxymethyl cellulose of Component (c) is preferably 0.1 to 10% by mass, and aluminum hydroxide of Component (d) is preferably 0.5 to 15% by mass.

[0035] Another preferred embodiment for the gas generating composition of four-component system comprises a mixture of melamine cyanurate and guanidine nitrate of Component (a), basic copper nitrate of Component (b), sodium carboxymethyl cellulose of Component (c) and aluminum hydroxide of Component (d). In this case, the content of a mixture of melamine cyanurate and guanidine nitrate of Component (a) is preferably 10 to 50% by mass, basic copper nitrate of Component (b) is preferably 40 to 90% by mass, sodium carboxymethyl cellulose of Component (c) is preferably 0.1 to 10% by mass, and aluminum hydroxide of Component (d) is preferably 1 to 10% by mass.

[0036] Another preferred embodiment for the gas generating composition of four-component system comprises a mixture of melamine cyanurate and melamine of Component (a), basic copper nitrate of Component (b), sodium carboxymethyl cellulose of Component (c) and aluminum hydroxide of Component (d). In this case, the content of a mixture of melamine cyanurate and melamine of Component (a) is preferably 10 to 30% by mass, basic copper nitrate of Component (b) is preferably 40 to 90% by mass, sodium carboxymethyl cellulose of Component (c) is preferably 0.1 to 10% by mass, and aluminum hydroxide of Component (d) is preferably 0.1 to 15% by mass.

[0037] Another preferred embodiment for the gas generating composition of four-component system comprises melamine cyanurate of Component (a), basic copper nitrate of Component (b), sodium carboxymethyl cellulose of Component (c) and magnesium hydroxide or metaboric acid of Component (d). In this case, the content of melamine cyanurate of Component (a) is preferably 10 to 30% by mass, basic copper nitrate of Component (b) is preferably 40 to 90% by mass, sodium carboxymethyl cellulose of Component (c) is preferably 0.1 to 10% by mass, and magnesium hydroxide or metaboric acid of Component (d) is preferably 1 to 10% by mass.

[0038] Another preferred embodiment for the gas generating composition of four-component system comprises melamine cyanurate of Component (a), basic copper nitrate of Component (b), sodium carboxymethyl cellulose of Component (c) and one or at least two additives selected from the group consisting of aluminum oxide, silica, Japanese acid clay and diatomaceous earth of Component (d). In this case, the content of melamine cyanurate of Component (a) is preferably 10 to 30% by mass, basic copper nitrate of Component (b) is preferably 50 to 80% by mass, sodium carboxymethyl cellulose of Component (c) is preferably 0.1 to 10% by mass, and the additive of Component (d) is preferably 0.1 to 10% by mass.

[0039] The gas generating composition of the present invention can be molded into a desired shape such as a single-perforated cylinder, a perforated (porous) cylinder or a pellet. These molded articles can be produced by adding and mixing water or an organic solvent into the gas generating composition, and then extrusion-molding this (in case of a single-perforated cylinder or a perforated (porous) cylinder) or compression-molding this with pelletizer (in case of a pellet).

[0040] The gas generating composition according to the present invention or the molded article obtained therefrom can be applied in various kinds of vehicles to an inflator for an air bag for a driver side, inflator for an air bag for passenger side, inflator for an air bag for side collision, inflator for a inflatable curtain, inflator for a knee bolster, inflator for inflatable a seat belt, inflator for a tubular system and a gas generator for a pretensioner.

[0041] Furthermore, inflators using the gas generating composition of the present invention or the molded article obtained therefrom may be either pyrotechnic type in which gas is supplied only from a gas generating agent or hybrid type in which gas is supplied from both compressed gas such as argon and gas generating agent.

[0042] Furthermore, the gas generating composition of the present invention or the molded article obtained therefrom can also be used as an igniting agent called as an enhancer agent (or booster) for transmitting energy of a detonator or squib to a gas generating agent.

EXAMPLES

[0043] In the followings, the present invention will be described in detail by way of Examples, however, the present invention is not limited to these Examples.

Examples 1 to 18, Comparative Examples 1 and 2

[0044] Gas generating compositions having compositions shown in Table 1 were produced. Combustion temperature, gas output (the unit mol/100 g represents the number of moles of generated gas per 100 g of composition), and amounts of generated CO and NO of these compositions determined by theoretical calculation are shown in Table 1.

1 TABLE 1 Combustion Generated Generated temperature Gas output amount of CO amount of NO Composition (composition ratio: % by mass) (k) (mol/100 g) (mol/100 g) (mol/100 g) Example 1 MC/BCN (26.16/73.84) 1348 2.15 1.31 .times. 10.sup.-4 0 Example 2 MC/BCN/CMCNa (23.09/73.91/3) 1358 2.14 1.4 .times. 10.sup.-2 0 Example 3 MC/BCN/CMCNa/Al(OH).sub.3 (22.31/71.69/3/3) 1294 2.14 1.3 .times. 10.sup.-2 0 Example 4 MC/BCN/CMCNa/Al(OH).sub.3 (21.79/70.21/3/5) 1251 2.13 1.2 .times. 10.sup.-2 0 Example 5 MC/BCN/CMCNa/Al(OH).sub.3 (17.24/70.76/7/5) 1298 2.09 1.3 .times. 10.sup.-2 0 Exampl 6 MC/GN/BCN (21.29/10/68.71) 1390 2.32 1.3 .times. 10.sup.-3 0 Example 7 MC/GN/BCN (16.39/20/63.61) 1493 2.48 1.32 .times. 10.sup.-3 0 Example 8 MC/GN/BCN (6.59/40/53.41) 1674 2.80 1.50 .times. 10.sup.-2 2.76 .times. 10.sup.-5 Example 9 MC/Melamine/BCN (24.93/1/74.07) 1357 2.15 1.05 .times. 10.sup.-3 0 Example 10 MC/GN/BCN/CMCNa (18.37/5/71.63/5) 1379 2.20 1.4 .times. 10.sup.-2 0 Example 11 MC/GN/BCN/CMCNa (15.92/10/69.08/5) 1432 2.28 1.4 .times. 10.sup.-2 0 Example 12 MC/GN/BCN/CMCNa (11.02/20/63.98/5) 1532 2.44 1.4 .times. 10.sup.-2 0 Example 13 MC/Melamine/BCN/CMCNa (17.05/3/74.95/5) 1358 2.11 1.4 .times. 10.sup.-2 0 Example 14 MC/GN/BCN/CMCNa/Al(OH).sub.3 1358 2.27 1.3 .times. 10.sup.-2 0 (14.61/10/65.39/5/5) Example 15 MC/GN/BCN/CMCNa/Al (OH).sub.3 (9.71/20/60.29/5/5) 1429 2.43 1.3 .times. 10.sup.-2 Example 16 MC/Melamine/BCN/CMCNa/Al(OH).sub.3 1307 2.11 1.3 .times. 10.sup.-2 (15.74/3/71.26/5/5) Example 17 MC/GN/BCN/Al(OH).sub.3 (20.3/10/64.7/5) 1325 2.32 1.2 .times. 10.sup.-2 Example 18 MC/GN/BCN/Al(OH).sub.3 (15.4/20/59.6/5) 1376 2.48 1.2 .times. 10.sup.-2 Comparative BHTK/KNO.sub.3 (51.44/48.56) 2393 1.26 5.1 .times. 10.sup.-4 4.1 .times. 10.sup.-3 example 1 Comparative NaN.sub.3/CuO (61/39) 1421 1.41 0 1.3 .times. 10.sup.-6 example 2

[0045] In Table 1, "MC" denotes melamine cyanurate, "GN" guanidine nitrate, "BCN" basic copper nitrate, "CMCNa" sodium carboxymethyl cellulose and "BHTK" potassium bitetrazole. The same denotations are used in other tables.

[0046] Combustion temperatures of Examples 1 to 18 were lower than that of Comparative example 1 of non-azide based gas generating agent. As to Examples 1 to 14, a theoretical amount of generated NO was zero, showing that they were more effective in reducing an amount of generated NO than Comparative Examples 1 and 2. In Examples 1 to 18, gas output is improved by 40% or more compared with Comparative Example 2 of azide based gas generating agent.

Examples 19 to 24

[0047] Gas generating compositions having compositions shown in Table 2 were produced. Friction sensitivity and drop hammer sensitivity of these compositions were tested according to the explosives performance test method of JIS K4810-1979. The results are shown in Table 2.

2 TABLE 2 Drop Composition Friction hummer (composition ratio: sensi- sensi- % by mass) tivity (N) tivity (cm) Examples 19 MC/BCN/(26.16/73.84) >353 >100 Examples 20 MC/BCN/CMCNa >353 >100 (23.09/73.91/3) Examples 21 MC/BCN/CMCNa/Al(OH).sub.3 >353 >100 (22.31/71.69/3/3) Examples 22 MC/GN/BCN/Al(OH).sub.3 >353 60-70 (20.3/10/64.7/5) Examples 23 MC/GN/BCN/CMCNa/Al(OH).sub.3 >353 60-70 (9.71/20/60.29/5/5) Examples 24 MC/Melamine/BCN/CMCNa >353 >100 (17.05/3/74.95/5)

[0048] In Examples 19 to 24, friction sensitivities exceeded 353 N and drop hammer sensitivities are more than 60 cm, suggesting that friction and drop hammer sensitivities are insensitive, and hence safety in handling is high.

Examples 25 to 27

[0049] Gas generating compositions having compositions shown in Table 3 were produced. For these gas compositions, melting temperature, exothermic decomposition starting temperature and TG weight reduction starting temperature were measured using a TAS-type differential thermal analyzer (produced by Rigaku Corporation). The temperature raising speed during measurement was 20.degree. C./min, the measurement atmosphere was nitrogen gas, and the sample amount in measurement was 1 to 2 mg. The results are shown in Table 3.

3 TABLE 3 Exothermic Weight decomposition reduction Composition starting starting (Composition ratio: % Melting temperature temperature by mass) temperature (.degree. C.) (.degree. C.) (.degree. C.) Example 25 MC (100) 280 -- 284 Example 26 MC/BCN (26.16/73.84) 220 250 226 Example 27 MC/BCN/CMCNa 210 239 212 (23.09/73.91/3)

[0050] In Examples 25 to 27, melting temperature, exothermic decomposition starting temperature and weight reduction starting temperature were 200.degree. C. or more, suggesting excellent thermal stability.

Examples 28 to 29

[0051] Gas generating compositions having formulations shown in Table 4 were produced. These compositions were molded into a strand, and a burning rate was measured under nitrogen atmosphere at pressures of 4900, 6860, 8820 kPa. The burning rate at 6860 kPa, and pressure index between 4900 and 8820 kPa are shown in Table 4. Pressure index was determined from the following formula: rb=.alpha.Pn (wherein, rb: burning rate, .alpha.: coefficient, P: pressure and n: pressure index).

4 TABLE 4 Composition (composition Burning rate Pressure ratio: % by mass) (mm/sec) index Example 28 MC/BCN/CMCNa 9.95 0.23 (23.09/73.91/3) Example 29 MC/BCN/CMCNa/Al(OH).sub.3 8.68 0.31 (22.31/71.69/3/3)

[0052] As is apparent from the above, each numerical value shown in Examples 28 to 29 shows that practical requirement required for a gas generating composition for inflator gas is satisfied.

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