Accession Number : AD0659981

Title :   NUCLEAR WEAPON BURST PARAMETERS GOVERNING URBAN FIRE VULNERABILITY,

Corporate Author : NAVAL RADIOLOGICAL DEFENSE LAB SAN FRANCISCO CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Jones,Robert E. ; Martin,Stanley B. ; Renner,Rolf H.

Report Date : 30 OCT 1967

Pagination or Media Count : 39

Abstract : The weapon burst parameters governing thermal effects from nuclear weapon explosions are reviewed as part of the OCD program for assessing urban vulnerability to fire from nuclear bursts. The most important burst parameters are weapon yield, burst height, distance from target, and number of bursts. Spatial, temporal, and spectral characteristics of fireball development and thermal output are discussed as functions of these parameters. Peak blast overpressure as a function of yield, burst altitude and distance from ground zero is briefly discussed in relation to blast-caused secondary ignitions. The material presented will be useful for approximate calculations of weapon effects in analysis of urban fire vulnerability and other problems. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*NUCLEAR WEAPONS, *URBAN AREAS), (*NUCLEAR EXPLOSIONS, URBAN AREAS), THERMAL RADIATION, FIRES, BLAST, NUCLEAR EXPLOSION DAMAGE, VULNERABILITY, CIVIL DEFENSE

Subject Categories : Nuclear Weapons

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE