Accession Number : ADA115482

Title :   Strategic Targeting of Light Water Reactors.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING

Personal Author(s) : Domaszek,Gerald R

PDF Url : ADA115482

Report Date : Mar 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 96

Abstract : The value of light water reactors as strategic nuclear targets for enhancing fallout is evaluated in this report. The evaluation is made by determining the ratio of the probability weighted fallout coverage from one or more weapons which involve the reactor core, to the fallout coverage from a single weapon weighted by the number of weapons targeted. This ratio is the factor by which targeting reactors will enhance the area of fallout coverage. Targeting reactors with a single weapon will always enhance fallout coverage. However, the probabilistic amount of coverage increase is dependent on weapon CEP. Area coverage of a particular dose during the first week is increased by less than 5 percent for CEPs greater than 350, 400, and 500 meters corresponding to yields of 100, 500, and 1000 kilotons, respectively. During the first year, the area is increased by less than 5 percent for CEPs greater than 900, 1100, and 1400 meters corresponding to yields of 100, 500, and 1000 kilotons, respectively. Finally, multiple weapon targeting of nuclear reactors in counter-productive in that is decreases the factor by which targeting reactors increases fallout area coverage. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Light water reactors, *Fallout, *Targeting, *Strategic warfare, Ratios, Targets, Strategic weapons, Area coverage, Reactor cores, Probability, Circular error probable, Mathematical models, Theses

Subject Categories : Statistics and Probability
      Nuclear Fission Reactors(power)
      Radioactiv, Radioactive Wastes & Fission Prod

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE