Monday, June 18, 2007 - 11:00 AM
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Reservoir Characterization of Pulsed Vapor Generatros Developed at the Idaho National Laboratory

Carla Miller, Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho Falls, ID, Timothy Kaser, Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho Falls, ID, and Jessica Rodriquez, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID.

Computer controlled explosive vapor generators for 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT), cyclo-1,3,5-trimethylene-2,4,6-trinitramine (RDX) and pentaerythritol tetranitrate (PETN) were developed, built and calibrated at the Idaho National Laboratory beginning in 1991. The original design was patented in 1995 (US patent 5,452,600). Since that time, the vapor generators have gone through multiple changes in an attempt to improve their reproducibility and ease of use. The reservoir is the component that has undergone the most changes. Tests were performed to characterize the current reservoir design in an attempt to improve consistency in calibration coefficients between heads containing the same analyte and to automate the reservoir loading process.