FEASIBILITY OF REDUCING ABSORBENT CUSHIONING MATERIAL FOR OVERPACKING HAZARDOUS LIQUIDS

This investigation was conducted at the request of HQ USAF. The objective of the investigation was to determine whether the quantity of noncombustible absorbent cushioning material used for overpacking unit containers of hazardous liquids can significantly be reduced from that presently specified in AFR 71-4, Preparation of Hazardous Materials for Military Air Shipment, by using plastic bags or liners inside the overpack containers. The plastic bag or liner would serve to confine liquids, in the event of leakage from unit containers, in overpack containers which are non-confining, such as fiberboard and unsealed wooden boxes. Results of this investigation indicate that the quantity of cushioning materials presently specified in AFR 71-4 is probably based on that required to absorb the entire liquid content from leaking unit containers in non-confining overpack containers and can significantly be reduced by using overpack containers designed to confine liquids. For those overpack containers not so designed, closed plastic bags or liners offer an effective method to achieve confinement. The utility of plastic bags for this application will depend on the compatibility of plastics with a wide variety of hazardous materials. (Author)

  • Corporate Authors:

    AIR FORCE PACKAGING EVALUATION AGENCY

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, OH  USA 
  • Authors:
    • Thomas, E G
  • Publication Date: 1977-12

Media Info

  • Pagination: 13 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00175383
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: AFPEA-76-P7-12, PTPT-77-45
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 31 1978 12:00AM