Preliminary Report on Project Gas Explosive Simulation Technique
Technical Report,01 Nov 1972,01 Feb 1974
AIR FORCE WEAPONS LAB KIRTLAND AFB United States
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The Air Force Weapons Laboratory AFWL fielded a series of experiments to simulate low-altitude nuclear fireball phenomenology. Thirty-two-foot diameter gas containers were filled with a near-stoichiometric mixture of CH4 and O2 and were detonated with yields equivalent to approximately 1500 pounds of TNT. The Reynolds number describing the motion of the resulting hot gases was high enough so that the motion of the gases was dynamically similar to that in a nuclear fireball.