PROJECT TUGBOAT: EXPLOSIVE EXCAVATION OF A HARBOR IN CORAL

A portion of a planned small boat harbor was explosively excavated in a weak coral material using twelve 10-ton charges of an aluminized ammonium nitrate slurry explosive. The charges were emplaced approximately 36 feet deep in the coral reef which was overlain with about an average 6-foot depth of water. Charges were spaced 100 feet and 120 feet apart. A series of five calibration tests preceded the main harbor detonations. The detonations resulted in a channel varying in width from about 150 feet to 260 feet at a minimum project water depth of 12 feet. The berthing basin is almost a square area 400 feet on a side at the 12-foot water depth contour. (Author)

  • Corporate Authors:

    U.S. Army Waterways Experiment Station

    Explosive Excavation Research Laboratory, 3909 Halls Ferry Road
    Vicksburg, MS  USA  39180
  • Authors:
    • Day, W C
    • Wnuk, W
    • McAneny, C C
    • SAKAI, K
    • Harris, D L
  • Publication Date: 1972-2

Media Info

  • Pagination: 217 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00044612
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: EERL-TR-E-72-23 Final Rpt
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 4 1973 12:00AM