Accession Number : AD0918632

Title :   Evaluation of Explosive Techniques for Severing Exposed Conductors.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL EXPLOSIVE ORDNANCE DISPOSAL FACILITY INDIAN HEAD MD

Personal Author(s) : Olin, James

Report Date : FEB 1974

Pagination or Media Count : 22

Abstract : Two series of tests were conducted at the U.S. Naval Explosive Ordnance Disposal Facility, Indian Head, Maryland, to evaluate methods of explosively severing exposed electrical conductors (wires and cables) of various types and sizes on devices encountered on the surface and underwater. Two methods were used: blasting caps and detonating cord. The objective was to determine the minimum amount of explosive required to sever the conductors without fraying any strands. The technique will aid in the recovery of ordnance mechanisms and devices for study by intelligence and evaluation personnel. Evaluation of the tests indicate that blasting caps are more reliable than detonating cord for satisfactorily severing conductors. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*ELECTRIC WIRE, INTERRUPTION), (*ELECTRIC CABLES, UNDERWATER CUTTING), (*DETONATORS, CUTTING TOOLS), DETONATIONS, FIRING TESTS(ORDNANCE), EXPLOSION EFFECTS, UNDERWATER EQUIPMENT, UNDERWATER EXPLOSIONS, MATERIALS, REMOVAL, TEST METHODS, TEST FIXTURES, COPPER.

Subject Categories : Electrical and Electronic Equipment
      Ammunition and Explosives

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE