Accession Number:

AD0626899

Title:

ENGINEERING PROPERTIES OF NUCLEAR CRATERS. REPORT I. SITE SELECTION INVESTIGATIONS, WET MEDIUM CRATERING EXPERIMENTS.

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept.,

Corporate Author:

ARMY ENGINEER WATERWAYS EXPERIMENT STATION VICKSBURG MISS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1965-10-01

Pagination or Media Count:

84.0

Abstract:

Investigations were conducted to select a site suitable for producing craters in a saturated cohesive medium by small-scale high-energy detonations. According to prescribed criteria, the ideal site would be a large 200 acres or more, cleared, moderately flat tract of Federally owned land characterized by soft, homogeneous clays to a minimum depth of 40 feet. An evaluation of the U. S. by physical divisions revealed that suitable sites might occur in four general areas, i.e. 1 the Lake Bonneville area, 2 the Lake Agassiz area, 3 the Great Lakes area, and 4 the Lower Mississippi Valley area. Acquisition and analyses of pertinent data on these areas indicated a need for field reconnaissances except in the case of the Great Lakes area which was eliminated from further consideration because of heterogeneous soil deposits. A reconnaissance of the Lake Bonneville area indicated the presence of apparently favorable test site conditions in a portion of the Dugway Proving Ground, Utah. The Dugway site was concluded to be the most suitable for the project. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Soil Mechanics
  • Explosions

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE