Accession Number : ADP005353

Title :   Temporary Tank Ammunition Storage Facility,

Corporate Author : NEW MEXICO INST OF MINING AND TECHNOLOGY SOCORRO TERA GROUP

Personal Author(s) : Collis,David L.

Report Date : AUG 1986

Pagination or Media Count : 49

Abstract : When vehicle maintenance is performed on combat ready tanks, all ammunitions must be offloaded in a safe area. An ammunition storage facility was developed for this purpose which would limit the maximum credible event to a reaction of detonation of only one H.E. warhead, thus limiting the explosion size and the fragment hazards. Tests were conducted to determine the physical parameters which would need to be implemented in order to satisfy the criteria of minimum explosion and fragment hazards, thus minimizing the inhabited building distance safety requirements. An ammunition storage rack was designed an tested. It was determined from the results that with slight modifications a new rack design could be fabricated which would satisfy minimum safety requirements. The modified rack was fabricated and tested. The new rack limited the maximum credible event to a detonation of only one H.E. warhead, and reduced explosion and fragment hazards sufficiently to allow an inhabited building distance of 50 feet.

Descriptors :   *STORAGE RACKS, *AMMUNITION, *SAFETY, TANKS(COMBAT VEHICLES), HIGH EXPLOSIVE AMMUNITION, WARHEADS, EXPLOSIONS, AMMUNITION FRAGMENTS, HAZARDS, LIMITATIONS, BUILDINGS, RANGE(DISTANCE), TEST AND EVALUATION

Subject Categories : Ammunition and Explosives
      Safety Engineering
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE