An Automated Explosive Removal System Using Cavitating Water Jets,
TRACOR HYDRONAUTICS INC LAUREL MD JET TECHNOLOGY SYSTEMS DIV
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A remotely-controlled automated system has been built for safely and rapidly removing explosives from 105 and 155 mm warheads. This system was acquired by the Israel Military Industries to clear a stockpile of obsolete munitions, and allow reclamation of the shells and HE constituents. Using the CAVIJEt cavitating water jet method, the HE is fully washed out from the warhead, and then the effluent water is filtered and reused. After one operator loads a warhead into the washout machine and leaves the area, all subsequent functions are monitored and controlled from a remote location. The 16 lb load of HE in a 155 mm warhead can be removed in well under two minutes with this new system. With adaptations this type of equipment can be used for the demilitarization of any warhead size, bombs, and solid-propellant rocket motors.
- Ammunition and Explosives
- Safety Engineering