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Characterization of Residues from the Detonation of Insensitive Munitions

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Technical Report,31 May 2012,30 Nov 2017

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Defence R and D Canada Ottawa Canada

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Live-fire training is a critical component in the training regimen of militaries. Training with munitions will involve the use of energetic materials. Unfortunately, many energetic compounds are toxic or harmful to the environment and human health. The US Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory and Defence Research and Development Canada Valcartier have developed methods through SERDP and ESTCP programs that enable the reproducible estimation of energetic residues mass DEPOSITION for many commonly used weapon systems. Multi-increment sampling on snow has proven to be the most reproducible method for energetics residues characterization research. SERDP Project ER-2219 is focused on three areas determining mass DEPOSITION and dissolution of insensitive high-explosive compounds from the detonation of insensitive munitions being integrated into US stockpiles, development of analytical methods for insensitive high explosive formulations, and assessing the robustness of the current life cycle environmental assessment process LCEA for munitions with respect to the use of these munitions.

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  • Ammunition and Explosives

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