Firebox An Environmentally Sound Test Enclosure
ARMY COMBAT SYSTEMS TEST ACTIVITY ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD
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The Fire Safety Test Enclosure, Firebox, is a state-of-the-art, environmentally sound, test enclosure designed for full scale fire suppression, live fire, vulnerability, insensitive munitions, blast, and weapons firing tests. The 84 ft diameter dome enclosure is designed to contain a 100 lb TNT equivalent high explosive event. The internal dome design will completely contain and recover all test fluids and gaseous effluents produced during the various types of testing. The liquid effluents, once recovered, are filtered, separated, and disposed of in accordance with environmental regulations or, in the case of fuels, and oils, reused. Gaseous effluents, consisting of unburned hydrocarbon, Halons, propellants combustion products, CO and particulates are drawn from the enclosure top and scrubbed in a multi-stage 60,000 CFM scrubber system. The first stage consists of an oxidizer which completes the combustion of the gaseous effluents. The resulting acidic combustion products and particulates are then passed through a scrubber where the acidic compounds are neutralized via an acidbase reaction. This reaction produces various salt products. The salts are recovered and disposed of in accordance with current environmental regulations. Combustion particulate matter is also captured and appropriately disposed. The remaining gaseous effluents are C02 and water vapor which are released out the stack. All captured effluents are separated, and either recycled or disposed of in a method to meet current environmental regulations.
- Safety Engineering
- Fire Control and Bombing Systems