Laboratory Study of Pyrolysis of Explosive Contaminated Waste
GEORGIA INST OF TECH ATLANTA ENGINEERING EXPERIMENT STATION
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Army ammunition plants dispose of large quantities of neat explosives and chemical and explosive contaminated waste by either open air burning or incineration. These disposal techniques do not take advantage of the potential fuel value 7000 BTUlb 15.7 MJkg of these wastes. This laboratory study was conducted to investigate the feasibility of utilizing a pyrolytic process to convert explosive contaminated waste into a useable, storable fuel. The study consisted of a series of laboratory scale pyrolysis runs on explosive contaminated waste. The data points for the runs were 0, 0.5, 1, and 2 explosive contamination by weight. The results of the study indicate that AAP waste can be safely processed with no adverse environmental impact, to produce a storable fuel having a heat content of 14,000 BTUlb 31.3 MJkg with an energy conversion efficiency of approximately 70.
- Non-electrical Energy Conversion
- Civil Engineering
- Ammunition and Explosives