Development of Engineering Criteria for Use of Slurry-Type Explosives Against Tactical Structural Targets.
ARMY ENGINEER WATERWAYS EXPERIMENT STATION VICKSBURG MISS
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The objective of this study was to determine the effectiveness of a slurry-type explosive against common construction materials and to investigate the operational aspect of employing slurry against structural targets. The investigation of slurry as a demolition charge was divided into two test phases. The first phase was conducted on structural elements. A total of 54 tests were conducted 11 tests of steel plates 12, 14, 38, and 1 inch thick 27 tests of wide-flange steel beams 11 tests of 12- and 16-inch-square reinforced concrete piers and 5 tests of 12-inch-square wood green oak members. The second phase consisted of four prototype bridges two wide-flange steel stringer types, 40-foot clear spans one reinforced concrete, 40-foot clear span and one steel truss, 108-foot clear span. Slurry was demonstrated to be effective against structural elements and prototype bridge structures. Recommendations for the use of slurries are presented. Author
- Ammunition and Explosives