Accession Number:

ADA399361

Title:

Recovery and Reuse of HMX/RDX from Propellants and Explosives

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. Jul 1997-Jan 2002

Corporate Author:

NAVAL SURFACE WARFARE CENTER CRANE DIV IN

Report Date:

2002-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

160.0

Abstract:

A 150 lbday sub-scale plant has been demonstrated for the recovery of HMX and RDX from LX-14 and Composition A-3, respectively. This recovery process involves solubilizing the binder through the use of an acid or hot watersurfactant, then separating the explosive from the binder solution by centrifugation. The recovered HMX and RDX are of high purity at a high yield and have melting points comparable to pure HMX and RDX. This technology will allow for the recovery of valuable explosives, which may be reused for commercial or military applications.

Subject Categories:

  • Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering and Control of Production Systems
  • Ammunition and Explosives

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE