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Abrasive Waterjets—A Nontraditional Process for the Safe and Environmentally Friendly Demilitarization of Underwater High-Explosive Munitions

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High-pressure abrasive waterjets provide a nontraditional tool for the safe and environmentally friendly demilitarization of high-explosive munitions, whether the munition is on land or underwater. High-pressure waterjets have cut and demilitarized over two million high-explosive items without incident, making it one of the safest and most environmentally friendly technologies for demilitarizing and recycling explosive munitions. This paper reviews the evolution of waterjet technology and discusses its applicability to underwater munitions.

Keywords: demilitarization; history; ordnance; safety; waterjet

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2012-01-01

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