Considerations for Storage of Limited Net Explosives Quantities in Masonry Buildings
MINISTRY OF DEFENCE BRISTOL (UNITED KINGDOM)
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Traditionally the NATO Quantity Distance QD tables have only taken account of Net Explosives Quantities NEQ greater than 500 Kg. The decision was made in the 1960s to impose minimum debris distances on external QDs. During the 1990s the UK conducted a series of explosives trials utilising a variety of typical explosives storehouse building types and associated NEQs from 10 to 250 Kg, supplementing the work conducted during the 1980s to establish what the scope of the debris problem was for NEQs below 5600 Kg. This paper presents an analysis of the available data and considers a variety of methodologies to resolve the small quantity issue and concludes with proposing a set of In habited Building Distances for use with NEQs below 500 Kg. These distances are to be incorporated into JSP 482, the UK MOD Explosives Regulations, and AASTP-1, the NATO Standards for storage of explosives.
- Ammunition and Explosives