Accession Number : AD0603217

Title :   REDUCING THE STRUCTURAL VULNERABILITY OF FOOD-PROCESSING PLANTS TO THE BLAST AND THERMAL EFFECTS OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS,

Corporate Author : HOFF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT LABS INC CLEVELAND OHIO

Personal Author(s) : Young,Robert I. ; Powley,Randle H.

Report Date : 30 APR 1964

Pagination or Media Count : 341

Abstract : The report studies the reduction of the structural vulnerability of representative food plants in the United States to the blast overpressures and thermal energy released by nuclear weapons. It develops hardening measures for strengthening points or areas of critical weakness. These apply generally to pre-attack protective planning in all industries. Potential damage is analyzed, from field-survey data assembled first-hand at the processing plants, to determine what structural and operational areas are most vulnerable. Beginning with such weak links, practicable hardening measures are then evolvel. Consideration of available target-analysis data and the economics of hardening governs implementation of a comprehensive plant protection program. Because of the present general apathy toward civil-defense activity, positive incentives for industry, involving active participation by the federal government, perhaps tax writeoffs, appear in order. Specific plant-study material is included, together with sample calculations for assessing vulnerability at industrial installations. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*INDUSTRIAL PLANTS, VULNERABILITY), (*NUCLEAR EXPLOSION DAMAGE, INDUSTRIAL PLANTS), THERMAL RADIATION, BLAST, SHOCK RESISTANCE, STRUCTURES, FOOD, INDUSTRIES, HARDNESS, SHIELDING, TENSILE PROPERTIES, CONSTRUCTION

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE