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Investigation of Dust-Control Materials.
ARMY ENGINEER WATERWAYS EXPERIMENT STATION VICKSBURG MISS
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The report describes a program instituted in an attempt to control dust during military operations in the Southeast Asia theater of operations. Dust was reported to be seriously reducing the life expectancy of machinery, increasing the time required for refueling and other services, increasing logistics problems, seriously lowering the morale of troops, and in some instances providing the enemy with dust signatures of the locations of operations. A screening procedure was set up whereby a series of tests could readily determine the potential of a material on the basis of its comparison with all others tested. Successful products were processed through a laboratory investigation, a traffic test, a downwash blast test, a weathering cycle test, and finally a field test. Seven companies under dust-control research contracts submitted approximately 29 percent of the materials tested. Approximately 56 percent of the materials field tested were contract developed, and one of these, SS-1295, a polyvinyl acetate product, was selected as having the greatest potential for satisfying the military requirements. Modified author abstract
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