Accession Number : ADP004877

Title :   Peacekeeper Quantity-Distance Verification Program. Part 2. Technical Evaluation of Quantity-Distance Criteria for Peacekeeper Missiles in Minuteman Silos,

Corporate Author : TRW DEFENSE SYSTEMS GROUP REDONDO BEACH CA

Personal Author(s) : Sussholz,B.

Report Date : AUG 1984

Pagination or Media Count : 35

Abstract : A summary is presented of the results of an analytical and experimental program directed toward verification of the quantity-distance criteria associated with an accidental explosion of a Peacekeeper missile in a Minuteman silo. Evaluation of airblast scaling characteristics corresponding to 1/10- and 1/4-scale model tests indicated the applicability of the cube-root scaling for in-silo explosions. Structural debris from a 1/4-scale test of a Minuteman silo were analyzed for fragment dimensions, shape factors, and density variation with range. Procedures for debris scaling from the 1/4-scale test data to a full-scale event were developed consisted of a statistical simulation technique and a trajectory limitation approach. Scaling evaluations were performed to determine appropriate quantity-distance values for airblast and fragment hazards corresponding to a full-scale event. (Author)

Descriptors :   *UNDERGROUND EXPLOSIONS, *GUIDED MISSILE SILOS, *NUCLEAR EXPLOSION SIMULATION, *ACCIDENTS, HIGH EXPLOSIVES, EXPLOSIVE CHARGES, SCALE MODELS, MEASUREMENT

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE