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By National Research Council, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, Board on Army Science and Technology, Committee on Review and Evaluation of Alternative Technologies for the Demilitarization of Assembled Chemical Weapons: Phase II
The software supervisor for Assembled Chemical guns evaluation (PMACWA) of the dept of security (DOD) asked the nationwide study Council (NRC) to evaluate the engineering layout reports (EDSs) constructed by means of Parsons/Honeywell and common Atomics for a chemical demilitarization facility to totally cast off the assembled chemical guns on the Pueblo Chemical Depot in Pueblo, Colorado. to complete the duty, the NRC shaped the Committee on overview and evaluate of other applied sciences for Demilitarization of Assembled Chemical guns: section II (ACW II Committee). This document provides the result of the committee's clinical and technical evaluation, to be able to support the workplace of the Secretary of safety in making a choice on the know-how package deal for destroying the chemical munitions at Pueblo.
The committee evaluated the engineering layout applications proposed by way of the know-how services and the linked experimental reports that have been played to validate unproven unit operations. an important a part of the trying out application concerned increasing the expertise base for the hydrolysis of vigorous fabrics linked to assembled guns. This method was once a priority expressed via the Committee on evaluation and assessment of other applied sciences for Demilitarization of Assembled Chemical guns (ACW I Committee) in its unique file in 1999 (NRC, 1999). the current research came about because the experimental reviews have been in development. now and again, exams for a number of the assisting unit operations weren't accomplished in time for the committee to include effects into its evaluate. In these circumstances, the committee pointed out and mentioned strength troublesome areas in those operations. in accordance with its services and its competitive data-gathering actions, the committee was once in a position to behavior a complete evaluation of the try out info that have been accomplished for the general process layout. This document summarizes the study.
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General Finding 2. The technology base for the hydrolysis of energetic materials is not as mature as it is for chemical agents. Chemical methods of destroying energetics have only been considered recently. Therefore, there has been relatively little experience with the alkaline decomposition of ACWA-specific energetic materials (compared to experience with chemical agents).
Analysis of Engineering Design Studies for Demilitarization of Assembled Chemical Weapons at Pueblo Chemical Depot (The Compass series) by National Research Council, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, Board on Army Science and Technology, Committee on Review and Evaluation of Alternative Technologies for the Demilitarization of Assembled Chemical Weapons: Phase II