Accession Number:

ADA137730

Title:

The Effects of Thermal/Blast Synergism on the Nuclear Vulnerability of a Generic Aircraft Structure.

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.,

Corporate Author:

ARMY BALLISTIC RESEARCH LAB ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD

Report Date:

1984-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

129.0

Abstract:

This report details an experimental program developed to demonstrate that the combined effect of nuclear thermalblast loading is significantly greater than either of these types of loading acting alone. The report covers the experiments and the preliminary computer simulation used in the design of the experiments. The experimental program was designed to study the effects of thermalblast loading on a generic aircraft structure. The structure used was a hollow, circular cylinder with clamped ends representing a bay in a missile body. The experiments were conducted in the BRL ThermalBlast Simulator. The nuclear loading simulation produced in this facility consists of a thermal radiation pulse from a controlled aluminumoxygen burn followed by a shock wave from the shock tube. During the program instrumented target cylinders were exposed to three types of loading blast loading, thermal loading and combined thermalblast loading. By comparing the results of the three types of experiments it was demonstrated that the structural response to the combined loading was different in both magnitude and character from the response to either blast or thermal loading.

Subject Categories:

  • Aircraft

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE