Workers at the Blue Grass plant have been stacking, assembling and placing the various components of the detonation chamber for the Static Detonation Chamber 2000 in April.
“The middle component of this system weighs more than 120,000 pounds,” said Joe Frank, field engineer, Bechtel Parsons Blue Grass. “When dealing with this much weight it’s best to take your time and do it in small steps.”
The bullet-shaped detonation chamber was mounted inside the system’s middle component before stacking it on the system’s lower component, the scrap containment section April 1. The SDC’s upper component, the loading chamber, was placed on top of the detonation chamber the following day.
“Another smooth, well-planned and executed equipment-setting operation,” said Aaron Renfro, structural and civil engineer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. “The SDC unit assembly will continue over the next few weeks.”
Once assembly of the SDC components is complete, construction of its enclosure building will begin.