Accession Number : AD0755100

Title :   Construction of Nuclear Geostorage Facilities for Petroleum Products.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : ARMY ENGINEER WATERWAYS EXPERIMENT STATION LIVERMORE CALIF EXPLOSIVE EXCAVATION RESEARCH LAB

Personal Author(s) : Sprague,Kenneth E.

Report Date : JUN 1972

Pagination or Media Count : 97

Abstract : The report examines the feasibility of constructing nuclear explosion cavities to be used as hardened storage facilities for automative and aviation fuels in a Theater of Operations. It is concluded that void volumes of from 50,000 barrels to 250,000 barrels capacity, for substitution into the Engineer Functional Components Systems, could safely and reliably be created. Stored products could be discharged using submersible turbine pumps, hydraulic displacement, or where terrain allows, gravity flow. Waiting three months after the detonation to inject the petroleum product into the nuclear geostorage container would preclude degradation of critical fuel properties from radiation damage. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*FUELS, STORAGE), (*NUCLEAR EXPLOSIONS, *UNDERGROUND STRUCTURES), SITE SELECTION, STORAGE TANKS, ROCK, SOIL MECHANICS, CRATERING, CONSTRUCTION

Subject Categories : Fuels

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE