Accession Number : ADA309058

Title :   Degradable and Environment-Responsive Explosives.

Descriptive Note : Summary rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL AIR WARFARE CENTER WEAPONS DIV CHINA LAKE CA

Personal Author(s) : Lee, Benjamin Y. ; Reed, Russell, Jr

PDF Url : ADA309058

Report Date : APR 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 32

Abstract : This report describes the latest results of an exploratory explosive development effort based on a degradable and hydrolyzable binder system. The work described was conducted between October 1993 and December 1995. The feasibility of cast energetic compositions as acceptable main charge explosives has been demonstrated. This investigation established that an easily degradable composite polyurethane/RDX system can contribute significantly to our nation's environmental pollution abatement efforts. The relatively high cost explosive solids can be separated and reused, and the harmless binder liquid by-products can be disposed of in a non-hazardous fashion. This unique feature fits well in the current military efforts directed toward safe ordnance disposal and demilitarization. Similar efforts would be feasible in the realm of solid propellant formulations and development.

Descriptors :   *HIGH EXPLOSIVES, *EXPLOSIVE ORDNANCE DISPOSAL, DEGRADATION, EXPLOSIVE CHARGES, SAFETY, DEMILITARIZATION, POLLUTION ABATEMENT, BINDERS, POLYURETHANE RESINS, RDX, DETONATIONS, NITRAMINES, SOLID PROPELLANTS, PLASTICIZERS, HMX.

Subject Categories : Ammunition and Explosives
      Explosions

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE