Accession Number : AD0894820

Title :   Engineering Design and Cost Study of a BOSS Airblast Simulator.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept. Jun 71-Feb 72,

Corporate Author : PHYSICS INTERNATIONAL CO SAN LEANDRO CA

Personal Author(s) : Baum, Dennis W. ; Gross, Michael B. ; Gill, Stephen P.

Report Date : MAY 1972

Pagination or Media Count : 62

Abstract : A brief engineering design and cost study of a BOSS airblast simulator for testing hardened surface structures is described. The design consists of steel arch ducts with earth overburden covering a plan area 200 feet wide by 1,100 feet long. AN/FO explosive in the BOSS driver generates a 3,200-psi shock wave in air. This shock wave is shaped by the BOSS blast duct system to produce, at the test station, a 1000-psi peak pressure and blast profile closely matching the air blast from a 1-megaton nuclear surface burst. Construction costs and scheduling estimates were obtained from reputable construction companies on the basis of preliminary engineering drawings. These data were combined with an estimate of the required technical and managerial effort. A budgetary estimate of a full-scale system test is presented as the conclusion of the study. (Author)

Descriptors :   *SURFACE BURST, *NUCLEAR EXPLOSIONS, *BLAST, SIMULATORS, STRUCTURES, DUCTS, SHOCK WAVES, EXPLOSION EFFECTS, TEST FACILITIES, HARDNESS, CONSTRUCTION, COSTS, SCHEDULING, AERODYNAMIC CHARACTERISTICS, EXPLOSIVES, SIMULATION, GROUND EFFECT, MOTION, PRESSURE, DETONATION WAVES, FUEL OIL, NITRATES, AMMONIUM COMPOUNDS, COMPUTER PROGRAMS, SCALE, MECHANICAL DRAWING.

Subject Categories : Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods
      Explosions

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE