Accession Number : AD0775158

Title :   Blast Hazards of CO/N2O Mixtures.

Descriptive Note : Interim rept. Jan-Sep 73,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE ROCKET PROPULSION LAB EDWARDS AFB CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Mastromonico,Charles R. ; Forbes,Forrest S.

Report Date : SEP 1973

Pagination or Media Count : 53

Abstract : A preliminary investigation into the explosion hazards associated with vapor and condensed phase mixtures of carbon monoxide (CO) and Nitrous Oxide (N2O) has been accomplished at the Air Force Rocket Propulsion Laboratory. Quantities of CO and N2O, ranging from 50 to 850 pounds, were combined in unconfined and semi-confined configurations and exploded using No. 8 blasting caps supported by a squib as the initiator. The configurations incorporated in the test matrix were designed to reproduce the variety of mixing modes that the two propellants would experience were they to escape, due to line or component failure, from a closed system into a test cell. Peak overpressures were measured as a function of time and distance from the explosion site. (Modified author abstract)

Descriptors :   *Carbon monoxide, *Explosions, Propellants, Hazards, Detonations

Subject Categories : Industrial Chemistry and Chemical Processing
      Explosions

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE