Novel Approaches to Demilitarizing Burstered Chemical Munitions,
ARMY TOXIC AND HAZARDOUS MATERIALS AGENCY ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD
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The US Army Toxic and Hazardous Materials Agency USATHAMA research and development effort will provide an integrated system to demilitarize the chemical munitions stockpile. The chemical stockpile includes mines, rockets, bombs, agent containers and projectiles in varying numbers at several storage sites. The munitions containing explosives, which are of concern in this research and development program are the projectiles. The demilitarization of burstered projectiles is being studied in terms of single items and as palletized or boxed munitions. Technical approach The purpose of a seven year effort is to develop an inherently safe system which will provide at least a thirty percent savings in the cost of demilitarizing the chemical stockpile when compared to present technology. The present technology is called the baseline and is based primarily on reversing the assembly process. The cost of demilitarization with baseline technology will be compared to that of new technology over the life of the demilitarization operation this is called life cycle cost. The life cycle costs based on actual per site inventories include facility costs, capital costs, operational costs and for the RD technologies a one time development cost. Each of the items include costs pertaining to safety considerations. The life cycle costs are used not only to compare competing technologies but to optimize systems throughput size and configurations. The life cycle costs will ultimately determine the demilitarization system configuration.