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A calculation to simulate the underground Bernalillo shot

Description: From abstract: "Detailed calculations were undertaken in an attempt to explain some post-shot observations of the underground Bernalillo shot. A procedure was developed to calculate with a one-space dimensional code both the flow of energy up and down the hole and the energy loss into the walls of the hole."
Date: 1961
Creator: Brownlee, Robert R.
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An Optical Fallout Analogue

Description: This report describes the optical analogue that contains an optical filtering system which controls the intensity of light according to the assumed initial distribution of activity over height and particle size and according to the assumed decay rate, a size control system which depends on the lateral dimensions of the cloud of debris and adjusts the size of the light beam accordingly, and a position control system which moves the beam to the correct position on the plate as determined by the wind structure and the time of fall of the particles.
Date: October 1955
Creator: Felt, Gaelen L.
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A Study of Mine Examination Techniques for Detecting and Identifying Underground Nuclear Explosions

Description: Report issued by the U.S. Bureau of Mines discussing techniques for detecting and studying underground nuclear explosions. As stated in the introduction, this report results from a study of only one part of the contemplated inspection system, specifically the final phases embracing on-site investigations and mine examination techniques" (p. 1). This report includes tables, illustrations, and photographs.
Date: 1962
Creator: United States. Bureau of Mines.
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A Small-scale Investigation of the Possibility of Constructing Low-Relief Earth-Fill Dams Using Nuclear Explosives

Description: The experiment described herein has shown that the concept of low dams produced by ballistic collision of ejecta from simultaneous detonation of properly spaced parallel rows of charges is a feasible one. Rows of 8-pound charges were buried 3 feet deep with 4-foot spacing between charges. When two such rows of charges were placed parallel and 17.5 feet apart, the maximum height of the "dam" was achieved. The spacing of 17.5 feet between rows corresponds to 4.7 times the crater radius of one 8-pound charge at the burial depth which maximizes the single-charge crater. The extrapolation of these results to larger explosions is discussed. The height decreases and the width increases as the spacing between rows is further increased. The mass of material in the "dam" cannot exceed that in the crater of one of the rows. At the spacing between rows which maximizes height, the volume of the "dam'' is about 50 percent of maximum volume theoretically achievable. At wider spacings, the volume increases to 75 percent.
Date: February 1965
Creator: Vortman, Luke J.
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Preliminary Results of a Survey for Thick High-Calcium Limestone Deposits in the United States

Description: From introduction: This report contains the results of a preliminary study of limestone deposits in the United States and Alaska for the purpose of selecting those deposits of sufficient size, relief, and purity in which to conduct an underground nuclear test.
Date: January 1961
Creator: Davis, Robert E.; Williams, W. P.; Johnson, Robert Britten & Emerick, W. L.
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Deep underground test shots

Description: From abstract: "The purpose of this note is to consider the feasibility of conducting kiloton-weapons tests in underground holes sufficiently deep so that the explosion will be effectively contained. Such a shot would have the advantage that it could be detonated independently of weather conditions, and thus would allow greater freedom in the test program."
Date: February 21, 1956
Creator: Griggs, David, 1911-1974 & Teller, Edward, 1908-2003
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High-Explosive Ditching from Linear Charges

Description: Abstract: "Weights of linear high-explosive charges fired on the Yucca Lake playa of the Nevada Test Site varied from 0.23 to 42.7 pounds per foot. Crater and ditch dimensions and volumes resulting from these shots, fired during the fall of 1959 and spring of 1960, are presented here as a function of charge burst depths. Scaling relationships determined are as expected; i.e., square-root scaling of linear-charge weight per foot for ditch width and depth and a direct linear-charge weight relationship to ditch volume are obtained. Permanent ground surface displacement varies as the -3.22 power of the scaled distance from the charge. Detonation effects, charge shape effects, ditch erosion, and ditch cross sections are discussed. The appendixes present Toboggan data, results of soil investigation, and mathematical treatment given the data."
Date: July 1961
Creator: Carlson, R. H.
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Preshot and Postshot Structure Survey

Description: From introduction: This report documents the preshot and postshot condition of all structures within 10 miles of Ground Zero, plus structures at Salt Wells and surface structures at mines that were included in the mine survey.
Date: December 1963
Creator: Holmes & Narver
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Description: A metbed was introduced for combining the techniues of classical Lanchester theory of combat with those of game theory toward the end of selecting optimal strategies in combat with special weapons. In the application of this method to the example in which only the defender had atomic weapons,. it was showm that the attacker always chose either to disperse his troops the maximum amount or not to disperse his troops at all. The defender always chose to employ a mixed strategy consisting of the weapon systems of either two intermediate weapons or four small weapons. If both the defender amd attacker hnd access to atomic weapons, then the opticmal strategy for the attacker was to employ the weapon system consisting of four small weapons and to use a mixed stratregy for the dispersion of his troops. On the other hand, the defender never dispersed his troops amd always used a mixed strategy for tee - weapon systems. In the example where the defender has a fixed weapon system and chooses to optimize his aiming procedure, it was shown that the optimal aiming procedure does not involve only the aimimg procedures which are optimal against each of the fixed dispersion patterns for the attacker. The model discussed in this paper is far from realistic, but the authors feel that certain interesting trends may be obtained by such elementary discussions. Two ways in which to approach more reslism are to introduce into the combat the time at which the different groups become engaged amd to obtain a more realistic model for the basic group. (auth)
Date: February 19, 1957
Creator: Hale, J.K. & Wicke, H.H.
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Test of Dribble-Type Structures

Description: From introduction: This task was conducted at Project Shoal to observe the response of simulated Dribble area building foundations to ground motions induced by a nuclear detonation.
Date: October 21, 1964
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Maximum Accelerators Caused by Underground Nuclear Explosions in the Oak Spring Formation in Area 12 of the Nevada Test Site at Distances of 5 to 300 Kilometers: a Preliminary Summary

Description: From introduction: The results presented in this preliminary report are principally concerned with the ground motion caused by seven underground nuclear explosions (table 1) in the bedded tuff of the Oak Spring formation in Area 12. Ground motions were recorded at stations as close as 5 kilometers and as far as 300 kilometers from the explosions (fig 1 and table 2). The results for the Bianca and especially the Evans explosion are meager because the first was accompanied by a Test Site-wide moznentary power failure and because the yield of the second was so far below the anticipated yield that uncertain results were obtained. Ground motions caused by most of the air explosions in Operations Plumbbob and Hadtack - Phase 2 were recorded and have been partly analyzed. Results are presented in this report only where they relate significantly to analysis of the underground explosions. The effects of most of the small underground explosions in Area 3 (center of Yucca Flat) that had significant yields were also recorded. The results have not yet been interpreted.
Date: January 1959
Creator: Stewart, S. W.; Roller, J. C. & Diment, William H.
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The Surface Wave Magnitude for the 9 October 2006 North Korean Nuclear Explosion

Description: Surface waves were generated by the North Korean nuclear explosion of 9 October 2006 and recorded at epicentral distances up to 34 degrees, from which we estimated a surface wave magnitude (M{sub s}) of 2.94 with an interstation standard deviation of 0.17 magnitude units. The International Data Centre estimated a body wave magnitude (m{sub b}) of 4.1. This is the only explosion we have analyzed that was not easily screened as an explosion based on the differences between the M{sub s} and m{sub b} estimates. Additionally, this M{sub s} predicts a yield, based on empirical M{sub s}/Yield relationships, that is almost an order of magnitude larger then the 0.5 to 1 kiloton reported for this explosion. We investigate how emplacement medium effects on surface wave moment and magnitude may have contributed to the yield discrepancy.
Date: March 11, 2008
Creator: Bonner, J; Herrmann, R; Harkrider, D & Pasyanos, M
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Structural Response and Permanent Displacement Measurements

Description: Measurements and visual observations made during the Hardtack II series of underground shots provide basis for conclusions regarding shock-resistant design of protection for cavities in rock and qualitative prediction of permanent displacements in rock due to nuclear detonations. Vibration measurements on blast-resistant construction in soil provided non-nuclear test results which apply to shock resistant design. With varying soil cover, the compressive mode predominated in arch structures and a mass of soil apparently acted with the structure that varied in magnitude in inverse fashion with two depths of cover. Underground structural harmonic response theories were in part verified, for some structures, though the absence of an appreciable flexural mode in buried arch structures was significant.
Date: October 28, 1960
Creator: Sievers, R. H., Jr. & Stacy, A. R.
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