Accession Number:

AD0611318

Title:

EXPOSURE OF MOBILE HOMES AND EMERGENCY VEHICLES TO NUCLEAR EXPLOSIONS

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

FEDERAL CIVIL DEFENSE ADMINISTRATION WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1957-07-01

Pagination or Media Count:

53.0

Abstract:

Experiments were conducted to determine the effects of a nuclear explosion on mobile homes at pressure levels which might be expected in the suburbs of a large city and to determine the effects on emergency vehicles and their equipment located at various simulated distances from near Ground Zero to the suburbs of a large city. Missiles produced by flying glass and the translocation of furniture in the mobile homes are potential hazards to personnel occupying these homes at the time of the blast. Screening or other means of protecting the interior against glass splinters reduces this hazard. By rearrangement of the displaced furniture, clearing up debris, and improvising window coverings, trailers in this area of damage could readily be made habitable. Emergency vehicles caught in the open near Ground Zero would be completely destroyed. Vehicles in medium- and low-pressure regions would suffer damage, but the vehicles and equipment would probably be operable.

Subject Categories:

  • Machinery and Tools

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE