Accession Number : ADA301905

Title :   Composting of Nitrocellulose Fines - Hazards Analysis.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Sep 93-Oct 95,

Corporate Author : WESTON (ROY F) INC WEST CHESTER PA

Personal Author(s) : Lowe, W. L. ; Myers, L. H. ; Brinton, W.

PDF Url : ADA301905

Report Date : OCT 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 177

Abstract : The production of nitrocellulose for munitions purposes results in the production of nitrocellulose fines (NC fines). Due to their reactive nature, an assessment of the level of NC fines that could be safely handled during the composting process has been conducted. Compost mixtures were developed based upon characteristics of NC fines and of amendment materials available in the vicinity of Radford Army Ammunition Plan (RAAP), the Army's current NC production facility. Under a separate Task Order, RAAP conducted reactivity testing to establish reactivity levels, NC fines loading rates between approximately 10 and 35% at 30% moisture met the safety requirements from the RAAP hazard analysis. Based upon these positive findings, a conceptual level analysis of the use of composting technology for the treatment of NC fines was conducted. The composting process is anticipated to yield a nonreactive soil amendment suitable for beneficial uses. The loadings indicated by the RAAP hazards analysis to be nonreactive at moisture levels acceptable for composting were used in the conceptual level development and cost analysis. jg p.2

Descriptors :   *HAZARDS, *COMPOSTS, *NITROCELLULOSE, *FINES, REQUIREMENTS, PRODUCTION, COST ANALYSIS, RATES, TEST METHODS, REACTIVITIES, MIXTURES, ARMY EQUIPMENT, SAFETY, AMMUNITION, MOISTURE, ARMY PLANNING.

Subject Categories : Plastics
      Organic Chemistry
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
      Ammunition and Explosives

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE