Safety of High Explosives Comminution Processes
ATOMIC WEAPONS RESEARCH ESTABLISHMENT ALDERMASTON (UNITED KINGDOM)
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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.
- Safety Engineering
- Ammunition and Explosives