Accession Number : ADA995331

Title :   OPERATION TEAPOT, Nevada Test Site, February-May 1955. Project 35.2. The Effects of a Nuclear Explosion on Commercial Communications Equipment.

Descriptive Note : Preliminary rept.,

Corporate Author : FEDERAL CIVIL DEFENSE ADMINISTRATION BATTLE CREEK MICH

Personal Author(s) : Williamson,Raymnond H.

Report Date : MAY 1955

Pagination or Media Count : 67

Abstract : Atomic-blast exposure tests on commercial communications equipment were conducted during Operation Teapot, Apple II shot. These tests were made to provide civil defense planners with data for qualitative predictions of the probable survival range, the extent of damage, and nature of repairs required to restore communication service after a blast. Approximately 150 widely diversified units of commuications equipment (mainly electronic, but including sirens) were exposed. Exposed items were in or near groups of structures located at approximately 4700 and 10,500 feet from ground zero. Where possible, identical products were exposed at these two locations, so that one set of items would be subjected to moderately severe damage and the other set to light damage. Tests showed that commercial communications equipment was generally more resistant to nuclear explosion damage than the structures in and near which the products were exposed.

Descriptors :   *NUCLEAR EXPLOSION DAMAGE, *COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT, BLAST, SURVIVABILITY, ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT, COMMERCIAL EQUIPMENT, NUCLEAR EXPLOSION TESTING, NEVADA

Subject Categories : Non-radio Communications

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE