The Design of Blast Containment Rooms for Demilitarization of Chemical Munitions
ARMY ENGINEER DIV HUNTSVILLE AL
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This paper presents a short discussion of the design of blast hardened containment rooms within a new facility being developed to perform demilitarization of obsolete chemical munitions. This facility will perform the demilitarization operations required on a production basis and will conform to all required safety and environmental regulations. The hazard potential associated with chemical munitions dictates that process operations related to removing explosive components must provide complete containment of blast pressures and fragmentation and near total containment of quasi-static gas pressure. Widely used hardened structures design procedures were the foundation of this effort. However, the unique nature of chemical munitions dictated development of additional test data and prediction methods to properly define the blast and fragment loadings.
- Structural Engineering and Building Technology