THE USE OF RECLAIMED PBX MATERIALS AS BLASTING AGENTS

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$521,200.00
Award Year:
1990
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
10309
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Tpl Inc.
1549 Clorietta Ne, Albuquerque, NM, 87112
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Mark L Perry
(505) 296-3648
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
ORDNANCE RECLAMATION ACTIVITIES RESULT IN A SURPLUS OF PLASTIC BONDED EXPLOSIVES (PBXS). AS CURRENTLY FORMULATED, THESE MATERIALS ARE TOO ENERGETIC FOR COMMERCIAL BLASTING APPLICATIONS. PBXS COULD BE MODIFIED THROUGH THE USE OF LOW DENSITY FILLERS TO GENERATE APPROPRIATE EXPLOSIVE CHARACTERISTICS. SUCH MATERIALS COULD REDUCE DRILLING REQUIREMENTS FOR BLASTIN PURPOSES, THUS, ACHIEVING COST SAVINGS. USERS OF BLASTING AGENTS ARE COST-DRIVEN, NOT PERFORMANCE DRIVEN, NECESSITATING A SIGNIFICANT BREAKTHROUGH IN COST AND/OR PERFORMANCE TO PENETRATE THE MARKET. TPL WILL COMBINE WITH NEW MEXICO TECH'S CENTER FOR EXPLOSIVES TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH TO ANALYTICALLY AND EXPERIMENTALLY DETERMINE THE EXPLOSIVE CHARACTERISTICS OF FILLERMODIFIED PBXS. ECONOMIC AND BLASTING STUDIES WILL BE CONDUCTED TO DEFINE PERFORMANCE REQUIREMENTS. TAILORED PULSE FRACTURING, A NOVEL MULTIPLE FRACTURE CREATION PROCESS, WILL BE EVALUATED FOR BLASTING PURPOSES USING THESE MATERIALS. DETONATION PRESSURE, DETONATION VELOCITY, AND HEAT OF EXPLOSION VALUES WILL BE DEVELOPED AS A FUNCTION OF FILLER-PBX FORMULATION. ECONOMIC AND PERFORMANCE REQUIREMENTS WILL BE ESTABLISHED. THE FEASIBILITY OF PULSE FRACTURINGWILL BE ADDRESSED. THE TPL/CETR TEAM HAS THE NECESSARY EXPLOSIVES, ROCK FRACTURING, AND FIELD ENGINEERING EXPERTISE TO SUCCESSFULLY CONDUCT THIS PROGRAM.

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