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International Journal of Energetic Materials and Chemical Propulsion
ESCI SJR: 0.149 SNIP: 0.16 CiteScore™: 0.29

ISSN Print: 2150-766X
ISSN Online: 2150-7678

International Journal of Energetic Materials and Chemical Propulsion

DOI: 10.1615/IntJEnergeticMaterialsChemProp.v4.i1-6.210
pages 177-188

RECYCLING OF EXCESS AND DEMILITARIZED ENERGETIC MATERIALS IN COMMERCIAL EXPLOSIVE APPLICATIONS

Oldrich Machacek
Universal Tech Corporation
J. Brent Gilion
Universal Tech Corporation
Gary Eck
Universal Tech Corporation
Joel Lipkin
Combustion Research Facility, Sandia National Laboratories Livermore, CA 94550
Ron Michalak
United Technologies Chemical Systems Division
Robert Perry
United Technologies Chemical Systems Division
Al McKenzie
United Technologies Chemical Systems Division
Larry Morgan
United Technologies Chemical Systems Division

ABSTRACT

Universal Tech Corporation, has achieved considerable success in the area of recycling excess and demilitarized energetic materials. The recycling of these materials into commercial explosive formulations for use in mining and quarrying has proven to be a viable option for handling excess and demilitarized energetic materials. The focus of this paper will be on describing the Propellant/Explosive Evaluation Model (PEEM), which Universal Tech utilizes when developing a recycling method for a particular energetic material. In particular, details will be given concerning the results of a study project which Universal Tech conducted for Sandia National Laboratories. In this study project, Sandia provided Universal Tech with cryogenically downsized particles of two rocket propellants. Universal Tech successfully developed commercial explosive formulations using both of the propellants.