Fragment Hazard Investigation Program Non-Mass Detonating Ammunition Tests,
NAVAL SURFACE WEAPONS CENTER DAHLGREN VA
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The Department of Defense Explosives Safety Board DDESB is conducting a continuing program to evaluate the fragment hazards produced by the accidental detonation of stored munitions. The purpose of the program is to provide the DDESB with the necessary fragmentation data to improve or to substantiate the quantity-distance QD standards for the safe and efficient storage of stacked munitions according to specific hazard classifications. The ultimate goal is to provide a methodology for the determination of QD standards for all hazard classifications. The hazard classification under investigation in this report is the Non-Mass Detonating Ammunition. The ammunition tested in this effort was the Navy 40 mm AA cartridge Category 04 and the Army 105 mm cartridge Category 12. These ammunitions can be expected to detonate progressively when exposed to a fire. Far-field fragment collection tests were conducted using several pallet stacking configurations of both ammunitions.