Accession Number:

ADA106659

Title:

Application of a High Power Laser to Demilitarization Problems

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

ARMY BALLISTIC RESEARCH LAB ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1981-09-01

Pagination or Media Count:

33.0

Abstract:

Attempts to experimentally cut rocket motors, puncture agent cavities, and perform other operations associated with demilitarization of munitions with a high power CO2 laser are discussed. Laser requirements are outlined and problems associated with laser operations contiguous with hazardous materials are highlighted. It is concluded that while the use of a CO2 laser of about 10 kilowatts output has advantages for some demilitarization operations, it is not practical for many.

Subject Categories:

  • Lasers and Masers
  • Chemical, Biological and Radiological Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE