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Design Analysis of an Air Force Environmental Pollution Field Laboratory

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Technical rept. 24 Aug 1972-1 Apr 1973

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The Air Force requirements for a mobile field laboratory were determined by visits to McClellan and Kelly Environmental Health Laboratories and by observations of a Kelly field team surveying the waste-water problems at McGuire Air Force Base. The major requirements of mobile laboratories are 1 they should be a container for unified damage-free shipment of the laboratory equipment, 2 they should provide working space for the field team and a place to use analytical equipment, 3 they should reduce the set-up, tear-down, packing, and unpacking time and manpower requirements, 4 they should be transportable on the public highway and by C-130 aircraft, 5 they should provide laboratory utilities. The technology for mobile laboratories was determined by visits to the EPA and US Army mobile laboratories and by telephone contact with many other mobile laboratory operators. After evaluating several alternate designs, mobile laboratories for air- and water-quality analyses were designed into a modified, semi-trailer. Other field analytical groups in the Air Force could use mobile laboratories based on these designs. The utility functions--heating, cooling, hot and cold water supplies, electricity, and compressed air--were designed permanently into the semi-trailer. The analytical functions were designed into modules which could be placed in, and removed from, the laboratory as required by the specific mission.

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  • Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods
  • Air Pollution and Control
  • Water Pollution and Control

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