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Title: Integrated Data Collection Analysis (IDCA) Program - Statistical Analysis of RDX Standard Data Sets

The Integrated Data Collection Analysis (IDCA) program is conducting a Proficiency Test for Small- Scale Safety and Thermal (SSST) testing of homemade explosives (HMEs). Described here are statistical analyses of the results for impact, friction, electrostatic discharge, and differential scanning calorimetry analysis of the RDX Type II Class 5 standard. The material was tested as a well-characterized standard several times during the proficiency study to assess differences among participants and the range of results that may arise for well-behaved explosive materials. The analyses show that there are detectable differences among the results from IDCA participants. While these differences are statistically significant, most of them can be disregarded for comparison purposes to assess potential variability when laboratories attempt to measure identical samples using methods assumed to be nominally the same. The results presented in this report include the average sensitivity results for the IDCA participants and the ranges of values obtained. The ranges represent variation about the mean values of the tests of between 26% and 42%. The magnitude of this variation is attributed to differences in operator, method, and environment as well as the use of different instruments that are also of varying age. The results appear to be amore » good representation of the broader safety testing community based on the range of methods, instruments, and environments included in the IDCA Proficiency Test.« less
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  1. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
  2. Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Indian Head, MD (United States). Indian Head Division
  3. Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
  4. Air Force Research Lab. (AFRL), Tyndall AFB, FL (United States)
  5. Applied Research Associates, Tyndall AFB, FL (United States)
  6. Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)
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Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)
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United States
37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL, AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; Small-scale safety testing; proficiency test; impact-; friction-; spark discharge-; thermal testing; round-robin test; safety testing protocols; HME; RDX; statistical analysis