Accession Number:

ADA058303

Title:

Experimental Studies of Soil Thermal Irradiation. Volume II. Thermochemical Pulse Generator Development.

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. 1 Jan 76-1 Mar 77,

Corporate Author:

SCIENCE APPLICATIONS INC MCLEAN VA

Report Date:

1977-04-15

Pagination or Media Count:

62.0

Abstract:

The total report describes three experimental activities in thermal layer experimental development. Volume II reports on an innovative thermochemical pulse generator development program. A method of simulating the thermal radiation from a nuclear weapon over an area of tens of square meters in a field environment was developed for operational evaluation. The thermal radiation is produced by a pulse generator that uses the thermochemical reaction of aluminum and oxygen, referred to as a flashbulb in this report. Preliminary analysis and small-scale experiments led to the selection of an aluminum-oxygen reaction as the most promising approach. The potentially better performance of magnesium-oxygen and zirconium-oxygen was offset by the hazards involved in shipping and handling these metals in foil or powder form.

Subject Categories:

  • Physical Chemistry
  • Soil Mechanics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE