Accession Number:

ADA091501

Title:

Flash Burn Casualties from Nuclear Explosions: Effects for Skin Coloration and Burns under Summer Uniform.

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept.,

Corporate Author:

HARRY DIAMOND LABS ADELPHI MD

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1980-09-01

Pagination or Media Count:

19.0

Abstract:

Skin color is an important factor in flash burns from a nuclear explosion. Unless the skin is protected, second- and third-degree burns are suffered at ranges of several kilometers for a weapon yield of 300 kT, very-dark-skinned persons are at risk a full kilometer farther from the detonation than very-light-skinned persons. If evasive act is taken so that the skin is not exposed, severe burns can still be suffered under a summer uniform. Troops wearing summer uniforms become casualities at ranges where airblast and nuclear radiation are negligible. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Radiobiology
  • Nuclear Radiation Shielding, Protection and Safety

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE