Accession Number:

ADP000464

Title:

Safety of High Explosives Comminution Processes

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

ATOMIC WEAPONS RESEARCH ESTABLISHMENT ALDERMASTON (UNITED KINGDOM)

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1982-08-01

Pagination or Media Count:

18.0

Abstract:

The explosives which are of interest include HMX, RDX, TATB, NQ, TNT, PETN and HNS and mixtures of these materials. These explosives are subjected to a variety of milling processes on the experimental and pilot plant scale. The quantities involved range from 1 to 2 kg to several hundred Kg. Various methods of comminution are in use a end-runner milling a mechanical pestle and mortar b ball-milling c colloid or paste milling d slurry or attrition milling e fluid-energy milling and f precipitation from solvent combined with fluid-energy milling. This paper will outline the methods of comminution used at AWRE and then deal in more detail with how a number of safety problems have bean dealt with.

Subject Categories:

  • Safety Engineering
  • Ammunition and Explosives

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE