A New Explosion Test Facility at NSWC - The 50-Pound Bombproof
NAVAL SURFACE WEAPONS CENTER SILVER SPRING MD
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A new test facility was recently dedicated at the Naval Surface Weapons Center, White Oak Laboratory, Silver Spring, Maryland--a bombproof with a 50-pound TNT equivalent explosive limit. Details, of the facility concept, design, and construction will be presented. Before the facility was put into use, a series of validation tests were performed. These tests included test firings over the explosive weight range of 1 to 50 pounds of TNT. The following measurements were undertaken 1 wall strains, 2 wall displacements, 3 floor vibrations, 4 explosion-produced noise both inside and external to the facility, and 5 gas leakage both into the work areas surrounding the facility and into the atmosphere outside the facility. The results of these measurements will be presented and summarized. Finally, a description of the capabilities and specialized equipment dedicated to this facility will be discussed.
- Structural Engineering and Building Technology
- Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods