ESKIMO II. Magazine Separation Test
NAVAL WEAPONS CENTER CHINA LAKE CA
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In an instrumented test in May 1973 at the Naval Weapons Center, 27, 800 pounds of Tritonal explosive contained in 72 M117 bombs were detonated simultaneously within an open top earth revetment enclosure surrounded by five earth-covered igloos placed with face-on exposure and at essentially equal distances from the donor blast. The principal objective was to evaluate the protection afforded by several different types of igloo headwall and door constructions against communication of explosion. The test results, showing a wide range of door and headwall responses, indicated that no change in the separation standards established by the Department of Defense Explosives Safety Board is required at this time. Additionally, the results have provided guidance for the selection of promising types of walls and doors to be tested more extensively.
- Safety Engineering