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Explosive Selection and Fallout Simulation Experiments Nuclear Cratering Device Simulation (Project Diamond Ore)
ARMY ENGINEER WATERWAYS EXPERIMENT STATION VICKSBURG MS
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Project Diamond Ore was initiated in FY 1971 to determine the effects of different types of stemming, depths of burial, and geologic conditions on the crater size and collateral effects produced by the subsurface detonation of a nuclear cratering device. This determination is being made by using a combination of hydrodynamic code calculations and large-scale chemical explosive charges to model the nuclear explosive energy source. The research program also includes development of a nuclear fallout simulant. This report presents a detailed summary of the explosive selection and testing process and the development and testing of the fallout simulants.
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