Article | The Swedish Section for Detonics and Combustion; Fourth International Disposal Conference | Safe and environmentally friendly methods for the destruction of ammunition

Title:
Safe and environmentally friendly methods for the destruction of ammunition
Author:
N. H. A. van Ham: TNO Defense, Security and Safety, The Netherlands W. Colpa: TNO Defense, Security and Safety, The Netherlands
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Year:
2006
Conference:
The Swedish Section for Detonics and Combustion; Fourth International Disposal Conference
Issue:
018
Article no.:
009
No. of pages:
1
Publication type:
Abstract
Published:
2007-03-13
Series:
Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):
1650-3686
ISSN (online):
1650-3740
Publisher:
Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet


Unexploded ordnances (UXOs) in the soil of the Netherlands as a heritage from WWII are still a large problem in 2005. Up to now approximately 10% of all ammunition that was buried has been excavated. On an annual basis; thousands of ammunition articles are found that require destruction. In recent history the destruction of the UXOs was accomplished by open burning and open detonation. During these uncontrolled events; toxic chemicals are distributed into the environment threatening the flora and fauna as well as the health of the people involved in the open burning/open detonation. However; new legislation (European Union and the Netherlands) will prohibit the application of these environmentally unfriendly methodologies in near future. Therefore; TNO has developed proper techniques for the destruction of small; medium and large calibre ammunition. These techniques facilitate on-site destruction of the ammunition which prevents unnecessary transport of the ammunition. Furthermore; the developed methodologies enable the destruction of small; medium and large calibre ammunition in an environmentally friendly and secure way. Next to this; the technique which is applied to large calibre ammunition also enables the re-use of the ammunition as a practice shell. Within this presentation we will address each technique and show their application as they will be implemented in near future.

The Swedish Section for Detonics and Combustion; Fourth International Disposal Conference

Author:
N. H. A. van Ham, W. Colpa
Title:
Safe and environmentally friendly methods for the destruction of ammunition
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The Swedish Section for Detonics and Combustion; Fourth International Disposal Conference

Author:
N. H. A. van Ham, W. Colpa
Title:
Safe and environmentally friendly methods for the destruction of ammunition
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