How the Static Detonation Chamber Worked
The SDC used thermal destruction technology to process the chemical weapons stored at the U.S. Army Pueblo Chemical Depot in Colorado that could not be easily processed by the main plant’s automated equipment. Chemical munitions were placed in a feed tray, conveyed to the SDC vessel and fed into the electrically heated detonation chamber. The high heat (approximately 600 degrees Celsius or 1,100 degrees Fahrenheit) detonated the munition, and the chemical agents and energetics were destroyed by thermal decomposition. Gases generated as a result of the detonation were treated by an off-gas treatment system that included a thermal oxidizer, scrubbers and a carbon filter system. All waste streams generated were screened. Scrap metal was decontaminated and disposed of in accordance with environmental laws and regulations.