Accession Number : AD0340137

Title :   Evaluation of Fireball Lethality using Basic Missile Structures

Descriptive Note : Test rept. Feb-May 1955

Corporate Author : DAYTON UNIV OH

Personal Author(s) : Kester, J. E. ; Ferguson, R. B.

PDF Url : AD0340137

Report Date : 30 APR 1958

Pagination or Media Count : 130

Abstract : The test described herein was conducted to provide preliminary information on the thermal lethality of a nuclear explosion. Solid steel and aluminum spheres and hollow steel cylinders were exposed atop lightweight television towers at five different ranges within the fireball of Shot 12. All of the tower mounted specimens were recovered, and it was possible to obtain curves of depth of metal loss versus distance from the burst point for each of the specimen types. The maximum metal loss from the steel spheres was 0.4 inch; from the aluminum spheres, 1.3 inch; and from the steel cylinders, 0.26 inch (at the center).

Descriptors :   *GUIDED MISSILES, *NUCLEAR CLOUDS, *NUCLEAR EXPLOSION DAMAGE, NUCLEAR FIREBALL, LETHALITY, THERMAL STRESSES, SHOCK, NUCLEAR EXPLOSIONS

Subject Categories : Nuclear Weapons

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE