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Authors:N. H. A. van Ham: TNO Defense, Security and Safety, The Netherlands
W. Colpa: TNO Defense, Security and Safety, The Netherlands
Publication title:Safe and environmentally friendly methods for the destruction of ammunition
Conference:The Swedish Section for Detonics and Combustion, Fourth International Disposal Conference
Publication type: Abstract
Issue:018
Article No.:009
Abstract: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.
Language:English
Year:2006
No. of pages:1
Series:Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):1650-3686
ISSN (online):1650-3740
File:http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp/018/009/ecp061809.pdf
Available:2007-03-13
Publisher:Linköping University Electronic Press, Linköpings universitet

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N. H. A. van Ham, W. Colpa (2006). Safe and environmentally friendly methods for the destruction of ammunition, The Swedish Section for Detonics and Combustion, Fourth International Disposal Conference http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp_article/index.en.aspx?issue=018;article=009 (accessed 4/18/2014)