Accession Number:

ADA001343

Title:

Essex - Diamond Ore Research Program. The Development and Manufacture of a Gelled Nitromethane Explosive for Project ESSEX

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

LAWRENCE LIVERMORE NATIONAL LAB CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1974-10-10

Pagination or Media Count:

32.0

Abstract:

A nitromethane-based explosive was formulated that can be pumped and whose gel structure will uniformly suspend 10 wt sand for several weeks. Safety and performance characteristics were determined. A 907-kg 1-ton quantity was manufactured, emplaced 6 m 20 ft underground, and successfully fired in a cratering experiment at Fort Peck, Montana. An additional quantity of 42638 kg 47 tons was manufactured and test-fired in similar experiments with larger charges conducted at Fort Polk, LA. This explosive has stable and predictable detonation characteristics and can be mixed and pumped in large quantities using equipment fabricated from readily available commercial items.

Subject Categories:

  • Ammunition and Explosives

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE