Accession Number:

ADA210659

Title:

Survey of Airblast Data Related to Underground Munition Storage Sites

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept. Jul 1986-Sep 1987

Corporate Author:

ARMY BALLISTIC RESEARCH LAB ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1989-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

41.0

Abstract:

This report presents results of an in-depth review of the research, both experimental and theoretical, related to the problem of establishing a quantity-distance criteria for accidental explosions occuring in underground munition storage sites. Six different methods proposed for calculating the safe inhabited building distance were reviewed. Using the same loading density and site configuration, distances were calculated and comparisons were made. The present standard published in the DDESB Safety Manual appears overly conservative while one of the methods proposed by a Norwegian report is under- conservative. Three of the six methods relied on results obtained from research conducted with small scale models of underground storage sites. The other three methods are based on an empirical approach where the origin and methodology for the equations are not clear. The weaknesses in all methods are discussed and a recommendation is made for what the author considers the best method.

Subject Categories:

  • Safety Engineering
  • Ammunition and Explosives
  • Fluid Mechanics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE