The study of the engineering properties of nuclear-explosion-produced craters has thus far been limited primarily to the Sedan crater in desert alluvium and the Danny Boy crater in basalt. Extensive preshot and postshot field and laboratory investigations have been made to evaluate the preshot engineering properties of the media and the changes which occur in these properties as a result of the explosions. In addition to changes in basic engineering praperties, such as density and shear strength, large-scale effects such as strata distortion, displacements, and fracturing in the cratered media have been investigated. Results of the studies of the Sedan and Danny Boy craters are presented. The nature and characteristics of the fallback materials and disturbed materials beyond the crater are presented. Various engineering problems associated with the use of explosion-produced craters are outlined and the limitations imposed on the use of cratering for excavations because of the scarcity of empirical data are discussed.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Engineering with Nuclear Explosives, TID-7695
  • Corporate Authors:

    University of California, Davis

    Pavement Research Center, One Shields Avenue
    Davis, CA  United States  95616
  • Authors:
    • Sherman Jr, W C
    • Strohm Jr, William E
  • Publication Date: 1964-4

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  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: p. 99-108

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00263879
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 31 1974 12:00AM