THE SUSCEPTIBILITY OF EXISTING NAVAL BUILDINGS TO SUSTAINED FIRES RESULTING FROM THERMAL PULSE FROM THE EXPLOSION OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS.
Final rept. on Phase I,
FACTORY MUTUAL RESEARCH CORP NORWOOD MASS
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A study was made to determine if Navy buildings outside the area of significant blast damage are susceptible to ignition and sustained burning due to primary thermal radiation. From consolidation of fire protection experience with weapons effects data, and published ignition data, it is concluded that beyond the area of significant blast damage there is little likelihood that sudden conflagration would involve existing Navy buildings following nuclear attack, if there are no kindling fuels. However, there would be need for the immediate searching out and extinguishing of isolated incidences of glowing and flaming combustion, both interior and exterior. Author