Accession Number : AD1030174


Title :   A Portable Burn Pan for the Disposal of Excess Propellants


Descriptive Note : Technical Report,01 Dec 2012,31 Dec 2015


Corporate Author : ENGINEER RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER HANOVER NH HANOVER United States


Personal Author(s) : Walsh,Michael R


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/1030174.pdf


Report Date : 01 Nov 2015


Pagination or Media Count : 35


Abstract : Munitions for indirect fire weapon systems are issued with a full complement of propellant charges. Excess charges are typically not turned in and are destroyed by open burning as part of the units training. Burning of the charges can result in up to 20 of the propellant remaining in the form of residues on the ground. A portable propellant burn pan system was designed and demonstrated as part of Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) Project ER-201323 to enable safe, environmentally effective training of the military. Tests have demonstrated a 99.98 reduction incombustible mass of the charges, less than 0.001 of the energetics in the burn pan ash, energetics concentration of less than 0.5 in the residual ash, and no detectable difference in energetics in the soil surrounding the pan after burning over450 kg of charges. Performance objectives for the burn pan device were met or exceeded by the final system design.


Descriptors :   GUN PROPELLANTS , propellant grains , environmental security , single base propellants , fire suppression , indirect fire , Burning


Subject Categories : Ammunition and Explosives
      Safety Engineering


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE