Accession Number:

AD0358121

Title:

MINE-FIELD CLEARANCE BY NUCLEAR WEAPONS

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

MIDWEST RESEARCH INST KANSAS CITY MO

Report Date:

1960-08-16

Pagination or Media Count:

116.0

Abstract:

The objective of the project was to investigate the behavior of pressure-activated antitank mines under air-blast loading from a nuclear detonation. Of particular interest were the reliability of current methods for predicting probability of land-mine actuation from nuclear detonations, the effect of burial depth on mine actuation, and the effect of sympathetic actuation in extending the range of mine clearance. In addition, a study was initiated to determine if special methods were needed for prediction of mine actuation at particular ranges of transition in the pressure-wave shape. Fifteen mine types, both United States and foreign, were employed. Test results indicated 1 the procedures for predicting mine actuation under nuclear detonations were reasonably accurate 2 in the live mine fields, sympathetic actuation occurred among mines 3 the response of the Universal Indicator Mines UIM increased with burial depths to a maximum value between 6 and 9 in. and 4 the reliability of the actuation curves can be improved by laboratory testing of adequate sampling mines. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Ammunition and Explosives
  • Nuclear Physics and Elementary Particle Physics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE