ESKIMO V Magazine Separation Test
Test rept. for period ending Aug 1977
NAVAL WEAPONS CENTER CHINA LAKE CA
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In an instrumented test conducted in August 1977 at the Naval Weapons Center, approximately 75,000 pounds 34, 000 kilograms of trinitrotoluene TNT explosives were detonated. The explosives were contained in a hemisphere built of 9,376, 8-pound 3.6-kilogram demolition blocks, and were detonated by means of an initiation system located at the center of the hemisphere. Principal objectives of the test were to justify removal of concrete thrust beams from an oval steel-arch igloo and to demonstrate the safety of applying current side-to- side separation distances to concrete-arch igloos which have never been tested at those distances. Additionally, the test demonstrated the greater safety of earth-covered storage as opposed to above-ground storage.
- Structural Engineering and Building Technology