Accession Number:

ADA303818

Title:

The Effect of Meteorological Data Averaging Times on Plume Concentrations from Explosive Ordnance Disposal Open Burning Operations

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1995-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

78.0

Abstract:

Explosive Ordnance Disposal EOD Open Burning OB operations are performed to treat and dispose of unserviceable munitions in the Department of Defense DOD inventory. Air pollution modeling of OB operations is an Environmental Protection Agency requirement for permit issuance at OB sites. Specific OB regulation is still in its infancy therefore, establishment of OB modeling techniques is still in the early stages. This thesis effort sought to develop a computer model, based upon the Gaussian Puff Equation. The model varies from standard plume modeling practices by not making the assumption that the wind direction, wind speed and turbulence are uniform throughout the duration of the burn. The model assigns meteorological data to each explosion puff generated by the OB source. The experiments in this research effort assigned meteorological data to the puffs based upon averaging the weather data over 1, 10, and 60 minute periods. The results of the research showed that there was a statistically significant difference 95 confidence between 1 minute and 60 minute weather data plume concentrations in the receptor grid in 100 of the experiments performed.

Subject Categories:

  • Ammunition and Explosives
  • Meteorology
  • Combustion and Ignition
  • Air Pollution and Control

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE