A New Simulation Facility for Atomic Explosions (Project FAX) Phase I-Preliminary Engineering Feasibility.
Final rept. 5 Mar-30 Aug 75,
MCMILLAN SCIENCE ASSOCIATES INC LOS ANGELES CALIF
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This study investigates the feasibility of using unconfined fuel-air explosions to simulate the balst effects of up to one kiloton nuclear explosions. The detailed theoretical physico-chemical calculations of this study along with experimental observations from other sources show the feasibility of such simulation. Substantial savings in the cost of nuclear blast simulation as well as improved predictability are indicated by using a fuel-air explosion in lieu of HE or Ammonium Nitrate-Fuel Oil ANFO. Preliminary engineering and hydrodynamic calculations for a re-usable fuel-air explosion facility are presented along with recommendations for further engineering design developments in the several methods described which will achieve the desired fuel-air explosion. Author