Accession Number : AD0482983

Title :   EFFECTS ON SELECTED WATER SUPPLY EQUIPMENT,

Corporate Author : ARMY ENGINEER RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT LABS FORT BELVOIR VA

Personal Author(s) : Lindsten ,Don C. ; Hansen,Charles E.

Report Date : 24 APR 1952

Pagination or Media Count : 19

Abstract : U. S. Army 3000-gallon GRS coated nylon fabric water tanks filled with drinking water were exposed to an atomic air burst (shot Easy) at distances of 2000 to 4291 yards from ground zero. The tanks were essentially undamaged, and the water was essentially uncontaminated. Canned samples of sea water in various dilutions were exposed to the same air burst at distances of 500 to 1000 yards from ground zero. The samples showed considerable induced activity due principally to radio-sodium. The activity increased as the dissolved salt content increased and decreased as the distance from ground zero increased. Bottled samples containing various drinking waters were also exposed to the blast at distances of 500 to 1000 yards from ground zero. Induced activity in the order of magnitude of emergency drinking water tolerances was present in the samples. The activity increased as the dissolved solids content increased and decreased as the distance from ground zero increased.

Descriptors :   (*ARMY EQUIPMENT, *NUCLEAR EXPLOSION DAMAGE), (*WATER SUPPLIES, RADIOACTIVITY), (*WATER TANKS, NUCLEAR EXPLOSION DAMAGE), FIRING TESTS(ORDNANCE), NEVADA, DESERT TESTS, TANKS(CONTAINERS), RADIOACTIVE CONTAMINATION, FALLOUT, RADIATION HAZARDS, AIRBURST, BLAST, SEA WATER, WATER, NYLON COATINGS, SALTS, SODIUM COMPOUNDS, SHOCK WAVES, DUST, RADIOACTIVE DECAY, WIND

Subject Categories : Civil Engineering
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE