Accession Number : AD0470369


Title :   ELECTROMAGNETIC PULSE INVESTIGATION OPERATION SNOW BALL


Descriptive Note : Technical rept.


Corporate Author : WESTERN ELECTRIC CO INC NEW YORK


Personal Author(s) : Bodle, D W ; Lee, H D ; Coffey, L ; Middaugh, J K ; Schrage, J W


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/470369.pdf


Report Date : Aug 1965


Pagination or Media Count : 73


Abstract : This report describes an experiment conducted during the summer of 1964 at the Suffield Experimental Station, Alberta, Canada, as a part of Operation Snow Ball (a 500-ton nonnuclear explosion). The purpose of the experiment was to determine whether nonnuclear detonations may be used to investigate the Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) phenomena. Sensors to detect electric and magnetic fields were included in Operation Snow Ball. Analysis of the data indicates that if magnetic fields were generated by the event, the fields were too small to be detected by the test instrumentation. However, the instrumentation did detect an electric field signal immediately following the detonation. The results point out the need for either increased yields or increased detector sensitivity before further participation in nonnuclear events is warranted.


Descriptors :   *EXPLOSION EFFECTS , *ELECTROMAGNETIC PULSES , MEASUREMENT , MAGNETIC FIELDS , INSTRUMENTATION , ELECTROSTATIC FIELDS , DETECTION , EXPLOSIONS


Subject Categories : Electromagnetic Pulses


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE