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Blast effects suppression system

United States Patent

September 19, 2000
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Blast Effects Suppression System
A blast suppression system is provided, with the system including a plurality of command-actuated units located in the immediate vicinity of a bomb, a reservoir of suppressant material, and transmission lines connecting the reservoir to the units. Each of the units provides for the transmission of a suppressant material, preferably water, therethrough. Each of the units has nozzles configured to disperse the suppressant material into the air surrounding the bomb. Preferably, the transmission occurs prior to the explosion of the bomb, and continues after the explosion as well. Each command-actuated unit preferably has associated therewith an adjustable flow rate, an adjustable flow pattern, and an adjustable droplet size. In one embodiment of the invention, the command-actuated units are stationary, while in another embodiment the units are mobile. A method for utilizing the system is also disclosed.
Burky; Thomas E. (Fredricktown, OH), Butz; Donald J. (Columbus, OH), Butz; John S. (Caledonia, OH), Golly; Scott M. (Baldwin, MD), Alexander; Graham H. (Blacklick, OH)
Battelle Memorial Institute (Columbus, OH)
09/ 109,966
July 2, 1998