NUCLEAR EXCAVATION: REVIEW AND ANALYSIS

THE STATE OF THE ART OF NUCLEAR EXCAVATION IS SUCH THAT MANY PROJECTS APPEAR FEASIBLE AT THE PRESENT TIME. THE MOST APPARENT APPLICATIONS ARE CONCERNED WITH THE EXCAVATION OF HARBORS, RESERVOIRS, CANALS, AND AGGREGATE PRODUCTION. NUCLEAR EXCAVATION TECHNIQUES PROVIDE A METHOD OF ALLEVIATING POTENTIALLY CATASTROPHIC SITUATIONS WHICH COULD RESULT FROM FLOODS, LANDSLIDES, AND VOLCANOES, WHERE ALL OTHER MEASURES WOULD BE LESS EFFECTIVE. THE DEVELOPMENT OF NUCLEAR EXCAVATION INTO A STANDARD ENGINEERING TOOL WILL BE DETERMINED BY FACTORS NOT RELATED ENTIRELY TO ITS TECHNICAL FEASIBILITY. THE VARIOUS POLITICAL, SOCIAL, AND EMOTIONAL PRESSURES INVOLVED IN ITS USE WILL WEIGH HEAVILY IN ITS ULTIMATE ACCEPTANCE. THE SUCCESS OF CONTAINED UNDERGROUND DETONATIONS FOR MINING APPLICATIONS WILL SIGNIFICANTLY AFFECT THE FUTURE OF NUCLEAR EXCAVATION. RECENT INTERNATIONAL DISCUSSIONS OF NUCLEAR NONPROLIFERATION HAVE FOCUSED WORLDWIDE ATTENTION ON THE POTENTIAL OF NUCLEAR EXCAVATION. ITS ACCEPTANCE APPEARS TO BE ONLY A MATTER OF TIME. NUCLEAR EXCAVATION WILL COME OF AGE AFTER THE FIRST PROJECT HAS BEEN SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED. /AUTHOR/

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  • Authors:
    • Circeo, L J
  • Publication Date: 1969

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  • Accession Number: 00235654
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 1 1970 12:00AM