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Assessment of the Military Application of UPAC, a Polymerized Acrylamide
UNIDYNAMICS/PHOENIX INC AZ
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The military applications of UPAC, a proprietary acrylamide polymer, are evaluated. Data characterizing the unique water absorption characteristic of the material is generated, and both laboratory and field feasibility studies are conducted in the following areas conditioning of tactical surfaces, purifying water- contaminated POL products, denial of potable water, disabling internal combustion engines, and, demonstrating capability of expanding UPAC to perform useful work. It is found that UPAC can be successfully used for all of these applications in varying degrees. It appears to be especially useful for dust suppression, POL decontamination, engine disabling, and performing work, perhaps even a timing function. Denial of standing water supplies is possible, but requires rather large quantities of UPAC. A POTENTIAL APPLICATION IN THIS AREA, HOWEVER, LIES IN THE USE OF A WATER PIPE PLUGGING DEVICE. Further studies in all these areas are required for proper development of the concepts involved. A recommended approach to these studies is outlined. Author-PL
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