Accession Number:

ADA172780

Title:

Cumulative Thermal Effects in a Multiburst Scenario

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSONAFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1985-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

160.0

Abstract:

This thesis sought to develop a computer program to model the cumulative effects of nuclear fireball thermal radiation. The scenario studied was the Peacekeeper Dense Pack missile system. The missile field was subjected to walk attack of 2 MT weapons every two seconds. Aiming error of the incoming RV was modeled using a 10-cell CEP area around the designated ground zero, and the probability of damage due to an RV was calculated using a cumulative log- normal distribution function. To model the missile skin temperature rise, an energy balance was made over a unit area of skin surface and then solved using the thin skin approximation and finite differences. The maximum temperature reached was used to calculate the probability of damage to the missile skin. The amount of thermal radiation emitted from each burst independently. Cumulative thermal effects thus proved to have a greater region of no survival than noncumulative thermal effects and also blast effects.

Subject Categories:

  • Surface-Launched Guided Missiles

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE