DEVELOPMENT OF A SHOCK WAVE SIMULATOR FOR SHELTER EQUIPMENT TESTING
NAVAL CIVIL ENGINEERING LAB PORT HUENEME CA
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A series of studies was made to determine the feasibility of constructing an equipment test machine capable of producing motions predicted to occur in shelters exposed to nuclear weapons effects. To establish the machine performance criteria, the response was investigated of typical equipment support elements to environments resulting from weapon yields ranging from 1 to 20 megatons with overpressures ranging from 15 to 500 psi. A machine concept was developed capable of producing the criteria motions. To establish the performance capabilities of the machine components, it was proposed to design and construct a model machine using the operating principles and critical components of the basic concept. To this end, the preliminary design was obtained of a complete test facility with a specimen capacity of 30 by 30 inches by 89 inches high and 400 pounds weight. Cost estimates of both the full scale and the model machines established the feasibility of this proposed program.
- Structural Engineering and Building Technology
- Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods