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Rigid polyurethane foam (RPF) technology for Countermine (Sea) Program -- Phase 1

By R.L. Woodfin


This Phase 1 report documents the results of one of the subtasks that was initiated under the joint Department of Energy (DOE)/Department of Defense (DoD) Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for Countermine Warfare. The development of a foam that can neutralize mines and barriers and allow the safe passage of amphibious landing craft and vehicles was the objective of this subtask of the Sea Mine Countermeasures Technology program. This phase of the program concentrated on laboratory characterization of foam properties and field experiments with prefabricated foam blocks to determine the capability of RPF to adequately carry military traffic. It also established the flammability characteristics of the material under simulated operational conditions, extended the understanding of explosive cavity formation in RPF to include surface explosions, established the tolerance to typical military fluids, and the response to bullet impact. Many of the basic analyses required to establish the operational concept are reported. The initial field experiments were conducted at the Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center (EMRTC) of the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Socorro, NM in November 1995 through February 1996

Topics: Flammability, Plastic Foams, Warfare, Chemical Explosives, Military Equipment, Experimental Data, Weapons, 45 Military Technology, Weaponry, And National Defense, Entry Control Systems
Publisher: Sandia National Laboratories
Year: 1997
DOI identifier: 10.2172/446388
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Provided by: UNT Digital Library
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