A Sensitivity Study of Thermal Radiation Fluence from a Nuclear Air Burst
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
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A sensitivity study was made on four variables which must be specified to compute the thermal radiation fluence in the atmosphere from a nuclear burst. These parameters are the choice and number of energy bands used to specify the atmospheric attenuation coefficients, the relative importance of scatter, the significance of source fireball temperature and the importance of height of burst. These parameters were examined by computing the thermal fluence as the variables were changed, one by one. The number of groups was varied from four to sixteen. The source temperature was examined over a range from 3500K to 8500K and burst altitudes to 30 km were considered.
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