Accession Number : AD0428592


Title :   THE SUSCEPTIBILITY OF EXISTING NAVAL BUILDINGS TO SUSTAINED FIRES RESULTING FROM THERMAL PULSE FROM THE EXPLOSION OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS,


Descriptive Note : Final rept.,


Corporate Author : BUREAU OF YARDS AND DOCKS WASHINGTON D C


Personal Author(s) : Cousins,E W ; Young,J R


Report Date : 23 Jan 1963


Pagination or Media Count : 18


Abstract : This report makes no major change in the principal conclusion of the Phase I report, in that under ideal conditions, a conflagration-type fire is remote in buildings surviving a nuclear blast. There is evidence that on more than moderately blast-resistant buildings, asphalt-protected metal, and plastic siding or roofing sheets will continue to flame when exposed to multi-megaton weapons which do not significantly damage the building by blast. Large-scale building details do not conserve enough heat from transient flaming to produce continued burning on smooth wood surfaces, but small-scale details producing narrow parallel spaces and many edges can produce incipient fire by continued small-scale flaming and glowing spots. No definite information could be obtained for smooth-surfaced built-up roofing; but from results of some components, it is concluded that on a more than moderately blastresistant building exposed to multi-megaton weapons, the chance of continued burning is great enough to warrant resurfacing with gravel or slag. (Author)


Descriptors :   *NUCLEAR EXPLOSION DAMAGE , DAMAGE ASSESSMENT , NUCLEAR WEAPONS , FIRE RESISTANT COATINGS , PLASTICS , ASPHALT


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE