Accession Number : ADA131187

Title :   Explosive Ditching and Pavement Breaching Tests at Yuma Proving Ground, 1978-1980.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Sep 78-Jan 80,


Personal Author(s) : Woodbury,George A ; Sullivan,Jeremiah J ; Rooke,Allen D , Jr

PDF Url : ADA131187

Report Date : Jun 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 79

Abstract : Beginning in FY 1975, the U. S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station (WES) assumed management of a Corps of Engineers research program for Military Engineering Applications of Commercial Explosives (MEACE). In early 1977, the Army Material Development and Readiness Command initiated a program to standardize a blasting agent for Army use and indentified a pumpable slurry for standardization tests. The slurry blasting agent selected, IRECO DBA-105P, packaged as a binary explosive for military use, was officially designated (August 1978) as Demolition Kit, Blasting XM268. This report describes ditching tests using buried, slurry-filled pipe at Yuma Proving Ground (YPG). Problems of pipe emplacement, pumping, and slurry priming (or boostering) in the filled pipes were studied. Ditching in a desert soil of known poor cratering capability, representinng a likely 'worst case' cratering condition (by soil type), was assessed. The Yuma test demonstrates that previously buried 600-ft lengths of 4-in.-diam PVC pipe may be pumped full with DBA-105P and detonated from one end, producing antiarmor ditches upon order. It is concluded that employment of the pumpable XM268 in preemplaced long pipes is a workable concept and that successful application in pavement breaching (paved roadway ditching) appears highly probable.

Descriptors :   *Demolition charges, *Slurries, *Cratering, *Ditching, Army equipment, Binary compounds, Explosives, High explosives, Pipes, Filling, Blast, Pavements, Roads

Subject Categories : Civil Engineering
      Ammunition and Explosives

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE