Testing to Determine Chemical Stability, Handling Characteristics, and Reactivity of Energetic-Fuel Mixtures
Final rept. May 1984-Jul 1987
MARTIN MARIETTA ENERGY SYSTEMS INC OAK RIDGE TN
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The U.S. Army generates approximately 2.5 million pounds of waste explosives each year as a result of explosives production and the loading of ordnance. In addition, the U.S. Army currently stores over 200,000 tons of obsolete munitions. The current alternative to storage is open air burning, open air detonation, or incineration. The U.S. Army Toxic and Hazardous Materials Agency is currently developing methods and procedures for the utilization of energetic materials blended with fuel oil as supplemental fuel in Army industrial combustors. A series of tests were conducted to evaluate the chemical compatibility, reactivity, and handling characteristics of energetic fuel mixtures. The energetics studied were TNT, RDX, and Composition B. Results indicated that under specific conditions of energetic content, energeticfuel oil preparation, and system design, energeticfuel oil mixtures can successfully be used as supplemental fuel in Army industrial combustors.
- Ammunition and Explosives