Accession Number:

ADP004891

Title:

Joint Australian/UK Stack Fragmentation Trials,

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MINISTRY OF DEFENCE LONDON (ENGLAND)

Report Date:

1984-08-01

Pagination or Media Count:

24.0

Abstract:

In 1980 ESTC decided to conduct a series of trials to assess the fragment throw from explosives. Because of the restrictive nature of minimum fragment throw criteria and the expense of building traverse, for which little credit was given, approaches were made to Australia resulting in Phase I of the trails which were fired in early 1982. The Phase I trials consisted of open stacks of bombs surrounded on two sides by traverses and a similar situation with the stack inside a building, representative of a typical UK array unit storehouse. After the explosion, fragments and debris were collected, on a sample basis, and these were then computer sorted into a basic weight distribution with distance from the site of the explosion. These results were further refined and are presented in tabular form in the report. A detailed consideration of the fragment distribution with distance has resulted in a proposal to reduce minimum fragment throw criteria in the UK Quality-Distance Tables provided the results are confirmed for smaller quantities of explosives. Further trials have been proposed to consider this and the additional complications of different building structures. Author

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APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE