PRESSURE-PULSE CHARACTERISTICS OF DEEP EXPLOSIONS AS FUNCTIONS OF DEPTH AND RANGE
NAVAL ORDNANCE LAB WHITE OAK MD
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Thirty-eight TNT and 18 HBX-3 charges weighing one, eight, and fifty pounds were fired at depths between 500 and 14,000 ft pressure-time data were measured directly above at 185-ft depth. The shock wave peak pressure was independent of depth and decayed with reduced range as in the shallow water case. Durations were a function of depth alone. Empirical equations were derived which show that all other pressure-pulse characteristics can be expressed as functions of depth as well as range.