MORE NUCLEAR EXPLOSIONS IN CAVITIES
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA
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An extension of earlier calculations in RM-3727 describing cavity gas dynamics and wall pressures and temperatures for low-yield nuclear explosions to include 10-KT explosions, 40-, 60-, and 80-meter-radius cavities, and a contained atmosphere of water vapor at about 11 torr. These calculations do not include the effects of absorbers, but rather extend the previous results to larger cavity sizes, to lower ambient pre-shot cavity pressures, and to higher yields. Wall pressures, temperatures, and densities are reported for five new specific cases, with average cavity pressures ranging from approximately 8 to approximately 90 bars, and peak pressures ranging from 137 to 676 bars. Some typical pressure, temperature, and density profiles in the cavity interiors at various times are reported, in addition to the wall pressures, temperatures, and densities as functions of time for each case.
- Nuclear Weapons