Accession Number:

ADA230840

Title:

Investigation of Research Needs for Underwater Explosions

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. 1 Jan-31 Dec 1990

Corporate Author:

GEORGIA INST OF TECH ATLANTA SCHOOL OF AEROSPACE ENGINEERING

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1990-12-31

Pagination or Media Count:

50.0

Abstract:

By means of laboratory visits, personal interviews and literature study, research needs in the area of conventional weapons underwater explosions were identified. The capacity of universities to enter into this research was also assessed. Several areas of detonation physics and chemistry were identified as needing research, especially for nonideal, composite explosives. Similarly the behavior of the underwater explosion bubble was found to be poorly understood in detail. Of particular significance was the lack of understanding of metal such as aluminum ingredient behavior in both explosives and in steam explosions and the explosion gases and explosion effects they create. It was found that while universities can indeed contribute to understanding and analysis of various processes, the detonation facilities of national and government laboratories must be brought into the research effort. Weapons effects on submarine hulls is also addressed in this effort.

Subject Categories:

  • Submarine Engineering
  • Explosions

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE