El Dorado Engineering (EDE) has designed equipment and processes for demilitarization (demil)
of most types of munitions worldwide including:
Other processes range from simple unpack and pull-apart operations, to more complex disassembly approaches such as defusing, baseplate removal, waterjet cutting, and submunition extraction. EDE has emphasized processes that allow recovery of valuable components and materials such as explosives, propellants, white phosphorous, and metals.
EDE offers a full range of thermal dispoal methods for demilitarization (demil). For more information on thermal disposal options Click Here
Some of the thermal disposal equipment produced by EDE includes:
Transportable Flashing Furnaces (TFF), Explosive Waste Incinerators (EWI), and Contained Burn Facilities(CB)
As designers of one-of-a-kind machines for demilitarization, EDE is familiar with conventional munitions from around the world. We have worked with all-up rounds, cartridges, ICMs, projectiles, rocket motors, propelling charges, small arms, medium caliber, CADS/PADS/fuzes, bombs, grenades, mortars, smoke, riot control agents, land/sea mines, torpedoes, and many others.
Designed and fabricated a demil plant, MRPP (magnesium Recycle and Recovery Plant) to recover magnesium from absolute military illuminating flares for reuse. Designed to handle multiple candle sizes with minimal retool time.
EDE has developed a state-of-the-art system to recover explosives from bombs by applying microwave energy. The system, designed to melt tritonal from 750 lb Air Force bombs, includes extensive safety features such as thermal imaging and closed loop control. The microwave process is significantly more energy efficient than standard steam-out/melt-out processes, and results in cleaner, higher value explosives.
EDE provides standard or one-of-a-kind machines to disassemble munitions for maintenance, upgrades, or demilitarization and disposal. Also, where explosive charges must be exposed prior to material recovery of thermal treatment, EDE provides equipment to shear, punch, cut, saw, or break apart munitions of all configurations.
EDE personnel were integral to the development and fielding of a system to convert white phosphorous to commercial grade phosphoric acid. This process, currently installed at Crane Naval Weapons Center, is an Army success story.
One possible use of waste explosives and propellants is as boiler cofuels. EDE designed and fabricated a transportable skid for providing an explosive/fuel slurry to a military boiler. The concept was successfully tested with all solvation, blending, and pumping operations functioning nominally.
El Dorado Engineering developed an improved Pressure Test & Relief Device (PTRD) to protect operators when removing replacement plugs in chemical agent storage ton containers. The pressure chamber allows operators to introduce pressure into the ton container preventing any pressurized chemical agent from spraying out during plug removal.
M55 ROCKET WASHOUT
A team of companies including Ralph M. Parsons received a contract to design, install, and operate the demil plant to treat and dispose of all chemical munitions stored at Blue Grass Arsenal, Kentucky. This process is unique in that it does not use incineration as the primary treatment technology. EDE was tasked to develop equipment and methodology to successfully punch the M55 rocket cavity containing chemical agents and drain the agent from the rocket cavity. EDE expanded upon existing technology, and developed a system that could washout rocket cavities of gelled and crystalized agent. The demonstration project was very successful with over 98% of the agent being removed, which exceeded the design requirements.
EDE provided consulting and engineering design services to the Tooele Chemical Demil Facility (TOCDF) and prototype demil facility in Utah (CAMDS). This work included equipment design, pollution abatement evaluation, instrumentation, controls, and disposal procedures.
EDE was key member of the Parsons Russian Chemical Demil team in assisting the Russians with the design of their first chemical demil facility at Shchuch'ye, Kurgan Oblast, Russia, by providing demil equipment design review and actual equipment design of material handling equipment.