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Wooden explosives for woodcock

Description: The explosives group of the Chemistry Division has spent considerable time on the high explosives portion of the Woodcock program. The preliminary results obtained in the course of this investigation as well as data accumulated at other laboratories throughout the country are presented in this memorandum. Part I is concerned with the preparation and properties of the most promising `wooden` explosives (shock insensitive and high-temperature stable) explosives. Part II deals with several substitute explosives which could be used immediately in a hydrodynamic program. Part III presents a tentative schedule and indicates the role various groups at UCRL have agreed to play in the Woodcock explosives program for the next few weeks.
Date: July 23, 1958
Creator: Kury, J.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Bonding of DATB progress report

Description: A series of DATB (diaximotrinitrobenzine) pressings were made in an effort to find the most suitable binder. The requirements for this binder were as follows: Thermal stability (Must be as stable as DATB or not show any reaction with DATB at 200 degrees C); Density (Must press to 95% theoretical or higher); Compressive Strength (Must be strong enough to machine, and stronger if possible); Moldability (Must be adaptable to isostatic pressing conditions). After investigating various materials such as epoxies, a high temperature silicon phenolic and Exon, it was found that, DATB could not be pressed at 110 degrees C and 20,000 psi to an acceptable density and strength. While a plastic binder is not needed for reasons of strength or desensitization, it may however be needed as a plasticizer to resist thermal shock. This can only be determined by the production of larger specimens at Site 300. Summarized data is presented.
Date: August 2, 1958
Creator: Archibald, P. B.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Proposed gamma polarization experiment on an underground shot

Description: This memorandum represents a preliminary look at using a nuclear device as a source of polarized rays to perform a polarization experiment on the photoelectric effect. No intensities have been computed but just a look at the effect to be expected. It is anticipated that this would be a more difficult experiment to perform than the earlier proposed neutron polarization experiment. The theory of the experiment and the proposed experiment are described.
Date: August 8, 1958
Creator: McMaster, W.H.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Progress report - bonding of DATB - progress report

Description: DATB (diaminotrinitrobenzine) pressings were made in an effort to find the most suitable binder. After successfully pressing ball milled DATB at 110 C,it was found that normal DATB (fine powder) could also be hot pressed at this temperature and 20,000 psi. Bulk density might vary from batch to batch.
Date: August 1, 1958
Creator: Archibald, P.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Thermal radiation measurements. Parts I and II. Preliminary report. Project 39. 3 (of) Operation Plumbbob

Description: Attempts are reported to obtain records of transient air temperatures at selected locations in a blast biology underground shelter during nuclear explosions. No records were obtained due to failure of equipment. An evaluation of thermal burns was made on Chester White pigs used as test animals. One pig in the entrance and one about three feet inside the door received severe burns, while animals away from the entrance and those in the slow fill side received no burns. Possible explanations are discussed.
Date: January 1, 1958
Creator: Greig, A.L. & Pearse, H.E.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department