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Transportation Containers for Ordnance and Explosive Waste Remediation Projects

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The U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is currently involved in the location and removal of on-surface and buried unexploded munitions at formerly used defense sites FUDS. Many of these projects require on-site burial and demolition of the unexploded ordnance. It is of interest to determine if containers exist or can be developed to transport unexploded munitions from the remediation site to a remote site for disposal. These containers could be either reusable or non-reusable, would mitigate blast and fragment effects from an accidental detonation, and would reduce the likelihood of inadvertently detonating the munitions in a vehicle accident. Southwest Research Institute SwRI was contracted to perform a preliminary evaluation of transportation containers for ordnance and explosive waste remediation projects. The work included identification of existing ordnance and explosives transportation containers and vehicles and preliminary evaluation of the containers for Ordnance and Explosives OE remediation projects. The focus of the project was on containers typically used by bomb squads for safely handling bombs during demolition or transportation of the item. The evaluation considered the blast and fragment load capacity of the container, the blast and fragment safety provided to personnel in areas surrounding the container, transportability of the container, cost, maintenance requirements, ease of operations, availability, and other special requirements. A summary of this information is contained in the paper. It is intended to be of interest both to personnel working at OE cleanup sites and those with a general interest in containment or mitigation of the effects from small quantities of explosives. The mention and discussion of products in this paper does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation on the part of the U.S. Government.

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  • Safety Engineering
  • Structural Engineering and Building Technology
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
  • Ammunition and Explosives

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