Accession Number:

ADA250660

Title:

Zero Gap Propagation Testing of Propellant - No. 2 Fuel Oil Slurries

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. Sep 1991-Jan 1992

Corporate Author:

NATIONAL FERTILIZER AND ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH CENTER MUSCLE SHOALS AL

Report Date:

1992-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

39.0

Abstract:

Previous laboratory and bench scale research conducted by the TVA has demonstrated that slurrying waste propellants with No. 2 fuel oil to form a supplemental fuel for industrial combustors is both a technically feasible and cost-effective disposal technology. However, the safety parameters of the process remain to be delineated. This report discusses the results of Zero Cap propagation tests that determined the sensitivity of propellant-No. 2 fuel oil slurries to detonation by a shock wave. Two operational modes were studied the dynamic or pumping node, and the static or settled slurry mode. Supplemental fuels containing 10 percent by weight nitrocellulose, 15 percent by weight nitroguanidine, and 20 percent by weight AA2 double-base propellants slurried in No. 2 fuel oil did not propagate a detonation in either operational mode. These concentrations of propellant in No. 2 fuel oil are at the maximum found to be both technically feasible and cost-effective in the previous laboratory study. The Zero Gap tests establish that propellant-No. 2 fuel oil slurries could be processed at weight concentrations at or below those specified above without propagating a detonation.

Subject Categories:

  • Ammunition and Explosives
  • Environmental Health and Safety

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE