Construction of New Energetics Buildings at the High Explosive Research and Development Facility (HERD) Final Environmental Assessment
SCIENCE APPLICATIONS INTERNATIONAL CORP SHALIMAR FL
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This project proposes the construction of a total of eight new buildings to support Air Force Research Laboratory AFRL high explosives research and development at Eglin Air Force Base AFB, Florida. The regional setting for the proposed action is shown in Figure 1-1. The purpose of this project is to support Advanced Energetics by providing the scientific and engineering research infrastructure required to formulate, analyze, produce, test, and evaluate new explosive mixtures created using nano-sized components. This project would also provide the infrastructure needed to develop and evaluate the manufacturing equipment and methods needed to produce explosives containing nanoenergetic materials on a commercial scale. These novel energetic compounds promise dramatic increases in the amount of energy delivered per unit volume over the conventional explosives currently in use throughout the armed services. AFRLMN is collaborating with several government agencies and academia to develop, characterize, and produce new energetic formulations based on nano-sized constituent particles. Over the next several years, the Munitions Directorate is expecting to attract dozens of scientists and collaborators to help mature the nanoenergetic technology. Currently, AFRLMN has been conducting very limited testing and evaluation of potential nanoenergetic components at the High Explosive Research and Development HERD Facility.
- Structural Engineering and Building Technology
- Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
- Environmental Health and Safety