INVESTIGATION OF DUST-CONTROL MATERIALS

THIS REPORT DESCRIBES A PROGRAM INSTITUTED IN AN ATTEMPT TO CONTROL DUST DURING MILITARY OPERATIONS IN THE SOUTHEAST ASIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS. DUST WAS REPORTED TO BE SERIOUSLY REDUCING THE LIFE EXPECTANCY OF MACHINERY, INCREASING THE TIME REQUIRED FOR REFUELING AND OTHER SERVICES, INCREASING LOGISTICS PROBLEMS, SERIOUSLY LOWERING THE MORALE OF TROOPS, AND IN SOME INSTANCES PROVIDING THE ENEMY WITH DUST SIGNATURES OF THE LOCATIONS OF OPERATIONS. THE U.S. ARMY ENGINEER WATERWAYS EXPERIMENT STATION COMPILED A LIST OF ESSENTIAL AND DESIRABLE CHARACTERISTICS FOR A DUST-CONTROL AGENT, AND THESE WERE USED AS GUIDELINES DURING THE INTERVENING PERIOD BEFORE A QUALITATIVE MATERIEL REQUIREMENT FOR DUST-CONTROL MATERIEL WAS ISSUED ON 1 AUGUST 1966 (REVISED) 10 MAY 1971). A SCREENING PROCEDURE WAS SET UP WHEREBY A SERIES OF TESTS COULD READILY DETERMINE THE POTENTIAL OF A MATERIAL ON THE BASIS OF ITS COMPARISON WITH ALL OTHERS TESTED. SUCCESSFUL PRODUCTS WERE PROCESSED THROUGH A LABORATORY INVESTIGATION, A TRAFFIC TEST, A DOWNWASH BLAST TEST, A WEATHERING CYCLE TEST, AND FINALLY A FIELD TEST. SEVEN COMPANIES UNDER DUST-CONTROL RESEARCH CONTRACTS SUBMITTED APPROXIMATELY 29 PERCENT OF THE MATERIALS TESTED. APPROXIMATELY 56 PERCENT OF THE MATERIALS FIELD TESTED WERE CONTRACT DEVELOPED, AND ONE OF THESE, SS-1295, A POLYVINLY ACETATE PRODUCT, WAS SELECTED AS HAVING THE GREATEST POTENTIAL FOR SATISFYING THE MILITARY REQUIREMENTS.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • MISC PAPER S-37-70 2 APP
  • Authors:
    • Styron, C R
    • Eaves, R C
  • Publication Date: 1973-12

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  • Accession Number: 00238191
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 22 1974 12:00AM