Accession Number:

ADA371880

Title:

Thermal Insult Produced by the Residual Liquid Fuel in a Missile Hit Scenario.

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.,

Corporate Author:

NAVY TECHNOLOGY CENTER FOR SAFETY AND SURVIVABILITY WASHINGTON DC

Report Date:

1999-12-23

Pagination or Media Count:

43.0

Abstract:

Shipboard fires that result from residual liquid missile propellant were studied in this collaborative work with the Italian Navy. Penetration of a ship compartment by a shaped charge jet by itself, i.e., in the absence of entrained missile propellant, will not cause ignition of Class A materials due to the extremely short duration of the thermal pulse. However, hot fragments generated by the warhead could result in ignition if the fragments happened to land on easily ignited Class A material. If the shaped charge jet entrains missile propellant, there is a potential for a serious fire or explosion depending on the quantity of propellant ingested into the compartment and the volume of air available.

Subject Categories:

  • Guided Missiles
  • Thermodynamics
  • Liquid Rocket Propellants

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE