A Revised Empirical Approach to Airblast Prediction
ARMY ENGINEER EXPLOSIVE EXCAVATION RESEARCH OFFICE LIVERMORE CA
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Airblast from buried chemical and nuclear detonations has been under systematic investigation for two decades. There now exists a sizable body of information collected during field experiments conducted over the years. The report contains a summary compilation of the available data for all significant large-yield events and synthesizes these data into an empirical prediction method. Since the airblast from buried detonations approaches a consistent attenuation at the longer ranges of interest for safety predictions, a purely empirical transmission factor analysis based on consistent longer range data from subsurface detonations is used.