Blast Phenomena From A Nuclear Burst

by Ferd E. Anderson, Jr.,

Serial Information: Transactions of the American Society of Civil Engineers, 1960, Vol. 125, Issue 1, Pg. 667-672

Document Type: Journal Paper


Discussion of air blast and ground shock free field phenomena associated with nuclear burst, in order to aid engineers in design of blast resistant structures; calculation of surface burst pressure, transient pressure, ambient atmospheric pressure, and dynamic pressure; distance of peak pressure is proportional to cube root of weapon yield; air blast phenomena can be observed to accuracy of plus or minus 25%.

Subject Headings: Dynamic pressure | Transient response | Blasting effects | Dynamic response | Ground motion | Drag (fluid dynamics) | Free surfaces | Vegetation

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