Accession Number : ADA266082
Title : Cooperative Laboratory and Field Study to Investigate Effects of Wave and Current Action on Dual-Rocket Distributed Explosive Array Deployment
Descriptive Note : Final rept.
Corporate Author : COASTAL ENGINEERING RESEARCH CENTER VICKSBURG MS
Personal Author(s) : Fowler, Jimmy E ; Birkemeier, William ; Denson, Jodie A ; Krivich, David
Report Date : May 1993
Pagination or Media Count : 73
Abstract : A series of 2-D (flume) laboratory and field tests were conducted to examine effects of waves and currents on a simulated dual-rocket distribution explosive array deployment (DRDEAD) system. The DRDEAD system consists of a large array of explosive material which can be deployed by rockets launched from Navy vessels across the surf zone in a mine-clearing operation. The U.S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station (WES) Coastal Engineering Research Center's mid-scale 2-D facility was used to examine various wave conditions, methods of deployment, and anchoring systems for a simulated (inert) DRDEAD. Waves simulating sea state 3 conditions and lower (i.e., calm seas to 5-ft prototype waves) were used in the laboratory study. Laboratory tests indicated that sea state 3 will be a limiting condition for deployment of the array without additional weights or anchors. Field tests to assess effects of wave and current were conducted during the summer of 1992 at CERC's Field Research Facility (FRF) in Duck, North Carolina. Results of the field tests supported laboratory findings, but also indicated that longshore currents are likely to have equal or greater effects on the DRDEAD system and must be considered in the final design.
Descriptors : *WATER WAVES , *OCEAN CURRENTS , *EXPLOSIVES , *ROCKETS , *MINE CLEARANCE , *SHALLOW WATER , TEST AND EVALUATION , VELOCITY , MODELS , WATER , NAVY , FIELD TESTS , PROTOTYPES , WATERWAYS , SUMMER , SEA STATES , ARMY , COASTAL ENGINEERING , OCEANS , OPERATION , SCALE , RESEARCH FACILITIES , ANCHORS , LANDING CRAFT , BUOYS , SURF , ARRAYS , MINE COUNTERMEASURES , MATERIALS , DISTRIBUTION , NAVAL VESSELS , SIMULATION , DEPLOYMENT
Subject Categories : Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
Land Mine Warfare
Ammunition and Explosives
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE