Accession Number : ADP004865

Title :   Experimental Verification of the Containment Capability of a Steel Lined Concrete Magazine,

Corporate Author : DAVID W TAYLOR NAVAL SHIP RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER BETHESDA MD

Personal Author(s) : Becker,L. A.

Report Date : AUG 1984

Pagination or Media Count : 9

Abstract : The David Taylor Naval Ship Research and Development Center operates a small explosives range at its Bethesda, Maryland site. The site at Bethesda is so small that explosive storage cannot comply with current Explosive Safety Quantity Distance (ESQD) arc requirements and therefore explosive storage requires a waiver of the ESQD requirements. Long range plans for the Center include several new buildings within 1250 feet of the explosives magazines. These sites were not approved as they were inside the ESQD arc. Safety requirements allow a considerable arc reduction if evidence exists to show that a magazine accident will be contained. This paper describes a test program which shows that the Center's magazines can be modified to contain an accidental mass detonation of a fully loaded magazine. As a result of this work, approval for a reduced arc has been given. This means that site approval for all new building at the Center is no longer tied to the explosive safety arc. (Author)

Descriptors :   *MAGAZINES(ORDNANCE), *CONTAINMENT(GENERAL), TEST AND EVALUATION, SAFETY, MODIFICATION, RANGES(FACILITIES)

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE