Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Carlos D Garcia
The thermal decomposition of chemical warfare agent simulants via a novel and simple approach is reported. Utilizing pyrolyzed cotton balls as a substrate for the delivery of an incendiary agent into a bulk volume of mustard and nerve agent simulants, significant enhancements in the burning rates were achieved. Under ambient conditions, this method was able to thermally decompose simulants for both HD (sulfur mustard) and GB (sarin) series chemical warfare agents at rates up to 3.1 ± 0.4 g. min-1 and 1.9 ± 1.0 g. min-1, respectively. The approach proposes a simple and more cost-effective way to decompose these dangerous substances under ambient conditions with the use of a wicking substrate rather than high temperature incineration equipment or chemical treatments.
Lagasse, Bryan A., "Decomposition of Chemical Warfare Agent Simulants Utilizing Pyrolyzed Cotton Balls as Wicks" (2020). All Theses. 3273.