Ordnance Deformer Engineering Tests
ARMY DEFENSE AMMUNITION CENTER MCALESTER OK VALIDATION ENGINEERING DIV
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The U.S. Army Defense Ammunition Center DAC, Validation Engineering Division SOSAC-DEV, was tasked by Headquarters, Department of the Army, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics ODCSLOG, to conduct engineering tests on CP Manufacturing, Inc., OD5000 Ordnance Deformers and Bouldin Lawson, Rotary Drum Ordnance Deformers that are being utilized in the demilitarization of spent ammunition brass cartridges. The objective of this evaluation was to identify any safety hazards that may be present when live ammunition is inadvertently processed using these deformers. As tested, the only direct evidence of any safety hazard was excessively high noise levels when live ammunition was detonated inside the deforming chambers. However, there were numerous potential safety hazards when live ammunition was not detonated and contents accumulated in the exhaust containment vessels. Notably, neither unit was constructed with explosion-proof motors and will potentially be operated in the proximity of explosives materiel, which could result in severe potential safety hazards to operating personnel.
- Ammunition and Explosives