Accession Number : ADA090354


Title :   Response of Buried Vertically Oriented Cylinders to Dynamic Loading,


Corporate Author : ARMY ENGINEER WATERWAYS EXPERIMENT STATION VICKSBURG MS


Personal Author(s) : Albritton,Gayle E ; Balsara,Jimmy P


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a090354.pdf


Report Date : Jun 1980


Pagination or Media Count : 13


Abstract : One of the primary concepts proposed for basing advanced ballistic missile systems is to emplace the missile in a buried vertical cylindrical shelter. Since little data were available on the response of vertically oriented cylinders that could be used to assess the hardness of missile silos, a field test program was conducted by the Structures Laboratory of the U.S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station (WES) to determine the response to failure of generic vertical shelters having different wall construction designs and subjected to the effects of simulated nuclear surface overpressure loadings. Results obtained from the simulation program were to provide information to support selection and design of prototype vertical shelters. The specific objective of the field test program was to obtain information whereby cylinder wall construction designs could be ranked as to their survivability/vulnerability. Thus, with such information, the cost performance of the various designs could be determined with structural hardness a major consideration. (Author)


Descriptors :   *OVERPRESSURE , *CYLINDRICAL BODIES , *STRUCTURAL RESPONSE , *WALLS , *UNDERGROUND STRUCTURES , *GUIDED MISSILE SILOS , SHELTERS , VULNERABILITY , FIELD TESTS , NUCLEAR EXPLOSION SIMULATION , SURVIVAL(GENERAL) , VERTICAL ORIENTATION , DYNAMIC LOADS , HARDENING


Subject Categories : Structural Engineering and Building Technology
      Guided Missile Launching and Basing Support


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE