Desensitization and Conversion of Ammonium Picrate (Explosive D) to Fuel,
TOOELE ARMY DEPOT UT
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Recovery of Explosive D incidental to demilitarization of munitions by a water washout technique planned for use at the Western Area Demilitarization Facility WADF, results in plating of process piping and equipment with explosive crystals as the Explosive D slurry cools. The solidification and plating of process equipment by Explosive D crystals would create serious operational problems and present a hazardous condition during disassembly and repair of equipment. The Ammunition Equipment Directorate AED of Tooele Army Depot, was tasked by the U.S. Army Armament, Munitions and Chemical Command AMCCOM to develop a process to prevent Explosive D from solidifying and plating onto the surface of process equipment and piping. In addition, the WADF processes would possibly involve the mixing of explosive D with traces of other explosives from previous operations, resulting in a number of associated hazards.