Minutes of the Explosive Safety Seminar (18th) Held at San Antonio, Texas on 12-14 September 1978. Volume 2
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE EXPLOSIVES SAFETY BOARD ALEXANDRIA VA
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This paper presents the results of statistical analyses of data on twenty-five events of explosions in propellant ground handling and transport systems. The results are taken from a soon-to-be published NASA report entitled Workbook for Estimating Effects of Accidental Explosions in Propellant Ground Handling and Transport Systems,which was prepared for NASA Lewis Research Center by Southwest Research Institute. Estimates of distributions of parameters and relationships between parameters which are useful in risk assessment are presented. Results include fragment weight distribution, mean fragment weight as a function of normalized yield, correlation between fragment range and fragment weight, correlation of fragment range to the ratio or mean fragment weight to vessel weight for cylindrical tanks, and correlation of fragment velocity to the ratio of energy to vessel weight. Tables of the data and graphs of the resultant distributions are included in the paper to support final conclusions.
- Safety Engineering
- Ammunition and Explosives