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The Sedan Event: On-Site Radiological Safety Report

Description: Summary: The on-site radiological support program for Project Sedan was established to assist in exclusion area control, to ninimize the radiation exposure of participating personnel and observers, and to prevent the spread of radioactive contamination.
Date: October 23, 1962
Creator: Reynolds Electrical & Engineering Co. Radiological Safety Division. Health Medicine, and Safety Department.
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Seismic Velocity Study

Description: The performance of pressure-pulse transducers in determining distances of installed gages from small H.E. detonations by measuring seismic wave travel times was evaluated. Because of the superiority of the system time resolution as compared with conventional geophysical exploration equipment, improved accuracy was anticipated as well as an opportunity to dry-run the installed system in the operational environment. Also, a requirement for seismic velocity measurements in situ was fulfilled. Travel time measurements used satellite-hole gage placements, 5-pound C-4 detonations near the planned location of the device in the device hole, and operational diagnostic facilities. The results verified the original premise of the suitability of Plowshare instrumentation to determine with superior accuracy installed gage distances from the small H.E. detonations. Agreement of within 1% between surveyed distances and calculated distances was obtained for the three gage locations reporting. Seismic velocities obtained fell between 3825 amd 3875 feet per second. Also, the experiment demonstrated the integrity of the Plowshare instrumentation system as installed. (auth)
Date: December 1962
Creator: Warner, S. E.
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Ejecta Studies

Description: One-hundred and forty-six ejecta measurement stations encircled ground zero at eight radial distances ranging from 373 to 1707 meters. The twenty-four sampling lines were spaced at fifteen-degree intervals. Data presented were recovered from stations located at radial distances of 640, 853, 1067, 1280, and 1707 meters. An attempt will be made to recover data at stations located closer to ground zero at a later time. Preliminary analysis of ejecta data indicates that areal density varies inversely as distance raised to the 3.64 power. Circumferential variation of areal density is about a factor of 30 at the 1707 meter radial distance, a factor of 10 at the 1280 meter radial distance, and a factor of 7 at the 853 meter radial distance. Cursory treatment is given to several related subjects, including outer limit of base surge dust deposit, volumetric ejecta densities, locations of natural missiles and impact craters, and the outer limit of ballistic debris. One case of missile damage to a reinforced concrete structure is documented. Raw data are included in the appendix. (auth)
Date: October 1, 1962
Creator: Roberts, W. A. & Carlson, R. H.
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