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Type of information:
other: Statement
Adequacy of study:
key study
1 (reliable without restriction)
Rationale for reliability incl. deficiencies:
other: The EU method was followed. Based on the molecular structure a statement rather than a full study was considered sufficient to cover this endpoint.
according to guideline
EU Method A.14 (Explosive properties)
not applicable
GLP compliance:
yes (incl. QA statement)
Key result
other: Explosive under influence of flame
Remarks on result:
not measured/tested
Key result
other: More sensitive to shock than m-dinitrobenzene
Remarks on result:
not measured/tested
Key result
other: More sensitive to friction than m-dinitrobenzene
Remarks on result:
not measured/tested
Key result
other: Explosive (not specified)
Remarks on result:
negative (not further specified)

Molecular structure

The molecular structure of the test substance does not contain any chemically instable or highly energetic groups that might lead to an explosion. The impurities, present for =<0.3% in the test substance, were not taken into account but it is not to be expected that these have any influence.


Oxygen balance

The oxygen balance of a compound is the difference between the oxygen content of the compound and that required to fully oxidize the carbon, hydrogen and other oxidisable elements to carbon dioxide, water, etc. Nitrogen is not considered oxidisable and is usually liberated as the gaseous element during explosive decomposition.


The oxygen balance is calculated for the chemical reaction:


CcHhOo + [c + (h/4) – (o/2)] O2→c CO2+ (h/2) H2O


where c, h and o are the amounts of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen atoms respectively.

Oxygen balance (%) = -1600 x [2 x c + (h/2) – o] / molecular weight


If there is a deficiency of oxygen, the balance is negative, while an excess of oxygen gives a positive balance. Compounds with a positive balance can act as oxidants and are often explosive in nature. However, there are known explosives with an oxygen balance of –64%. Compounds with an oxygen balance which is more negative than –200% are not considered to pose an explosive risk.


UsingC11H20O2as molecular formula and 184.28 g/mol as molecular weight, theoxygen balance for the test substance was calculated to be –260 %. This value is outside the region where there may be a potential for explodability.

Interpretation of results:
other: non explosive
Ditetrahydrofurylpropane is not explosive.
Executive summary:

In a GLP expert statement it was concluded that the substance has no explosive properties because it lacks structural alerts and the calculated oxygen balance was < -200%. In accordance with Column 2 of REACH Annex VII, the explosive properties study (required in 7.11) was not performed.

Description of key information

Statement for explosive properties based on evaluation of structural features of Ditetrahydrofurylpropane and oxygen balance. Evaluation according to EC A.14

Key value for chemical safety assessment

non explosive

Additional information

Justification for classification or non-classification