AIR PRESSURES FROM A DEEP UNDERWATER BURST
SANDIA NATIONAL LABS ALBUQUERQUE NM
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Project 4.5 was to study the danger to aircraft from air pressures resulting from a deep under water nuclear explosion, and to this end measurements were planned from the surface to a height of 500 ft and out to 6000 ft from surface zero. Bad weather forced abandonment of all but two measurements, surface pressures at 0 to 5500 ft. These data confirm that acoustic coupling can predict peak air pressures at the surface but not later pressures. From Project 4.5 results and data from experiments on high explosives, predictions are made of air pressures to be expected from Wigwam type weapons.
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