An Experimental Assessment of Nuclear Weapons Effects on Structures.
ARMY MISSILE RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT AND ENGINEERING LAB REDSTONE ARSENAL ALA GROUND EQUIPMENT/MATERIALS DIRECTORATE
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This research experimentally determined the response of prestressed and preheated plates subject to an exponentially decaying blast load. A grid was reflected from the front surface of the plate and the response was recorded with a high speed camera. The camera used in this analysis was a rotating drum camera operating at 20,000 frames per second with a maximum of 224 frames at 39 microseconds separation. Inplane tension loads were applied to the plate by means of air cylinders. Maximum biaxial load applied to the plate was 500 pounds. Plate preheating was obtained with resistance heaters located in the specimen plate holder with a maximum capability of 500F. Data analysis was restricted to the maximum conditions at the center of the plate. Strains were determined from the photographic data and the stresses were calculated from the strain data. Results were obtained from zero preload conditions to a maximum of 480 pounds inplane tension loads and a plate temperature of 490F. The blast load ranged from 6 to 23 psi.
- Nuclear Weapons