Accession Number:

AD0521702

Title:

Dynamic Test of Spherical Radiological Munitions

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

ARMY DUGWAY PROVING GROUND UT

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1953-05-15

Pagination or Media Count:

50.0

Abstract:

The objectives of this test were 1 to assess the radiation fields produced by several E78R4 individual spherical munitions filled with radioactive agent when airburst at varying altitudes, and 2 to determine the effect of weathering on the ground contamination. Six simulant-filled munitions and 16 agent-filled munitions were dropped. No data were obtained from the simulant- filled munitions because the litharge failed to form a cloud to indicate the opening altitudes of the munitions. Of the agent-filled munitions that were released, seven opened properly, six failed to open, and three could not be located. Measurements were taken of the radiation fields produced by the properly functioned munitions. No studies were made of the effect of weathering on pellet disintegration, as previous studies failed to show demonstrable changes.

Subject Categories:

  • Chemical, Biological and Radiological Warfare
  • Radioactivity, Radioactive Wastes and Fission Products
  • Ammunition and Explosives

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE