Preliminary Design Concept and Budgetary Cost for Minute Melter and Continuous Melter Automated Control Systems
HONEYWELL INC HOPKINS MN CORPORATE PROGRAM CENTER
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Under the U.S. Armys Munition Plant Modernization Program several automated, remote control explosives melting and pouring processes are under consideration. These include the Minute Melter and the Continuous Melter approaches for use in loading 81 and 105 mm H.E. projectiles with Composition B explosive. The scope of this study covered the definition of the two explosives melting processes and conceptual design of automated process control systems for use in upscaled production facilities. Using information from existing pilot plant operations, process flow diagrams were prepared. From these instrument flow diagrams were derived. Based on considerations of throughput capacity, safety, and reliability, a control scheme for automated operations of the two explosive melting processes was conceived and laid out diagrammatically. The associated control instruments, process control computers, and auxiliary devices of the control system are listed, together with cost estimates for each of the two melter process implementations. The design concept and budgetary cost estimates are preliminary, based on existing information, and prepared within the time and funding constraints of the contract.
- Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering and Control of Production Systems
- Ammunition and Explosives