Technology Investigation on Mine Explosive Desensitization.
Final rept. 6 May-31 Jul 74,
IIT RESEARCH INST CHICAGO ILL
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A preliminary investigation was conducted of both chemical neutralization and hypergolic initiation techniques for the chemical desensitization of cast TNT with the objective of defining penetration and delivery requirements. It was established that a fluid-jet technique to achieve penetration and possibly delivery, particularly in the case hypergolic initiation is a most promising approach. A program that investigated the effect of cutting and fracturing cast TNT contributed to this determination. The presence of residual water, to be expected in uses a water jet for penetration and fracture of soil, mine casing and cast TNT, was investigated and determined not to be a serious problem for the subsequent chemical neutralization of the cast TNT. The effect of jet delivery was also investigated, resulting in both advantages and disadvantages for this type of delivery of neutralizing chemicals. It was concluded that there exists no serious problem to prevent the development of delivery techniques for both techniques of chemical desensitization of cast TNT.
- Ammunition and Explosives