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July 16th nuclear explosion: Permanent earth displacement

Description: A measurement was made of the permanent earth movement in the neighborhood of the tower caused by the nuclear explosion at Trinity. The crater was apparently formed by a compression phenomenon and was noted to be much shallower than craters formed by ordinary high explosives. Scaling up existing information on the radius of craters, the TNT equivalence of the nuclear bomb is given as 10,000 tons to within 50 percent. Observations were made on the damage in the crater region and suggestions are given as to the nature of structure which might be expected to withstand the blast close to the gadget. It is also noted that, despite previous opinion to the contrary, it is apparently possible to reduce greatly the volume of earth blown away by the blast by suitably protecting the ground.
Date: October 3, 1945
Creator: Reines, F.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

The Effect of Mach Number on the Aerodynamic Characteristics of a Single-Engine Pursuit Airplane as Determined From Tests of a 1/3-Scale Model

Description: Report discussing the effects of Mach number on the aerodynamic characteristics of an Allison powered single-engine pursuit airplane. Information about the lift, drag, pitching-moment characteristics, stability, tail effectiveness, and elevator effectiveness with Mach number is provided.
Date: May 3, 1945
Creator: Robinson, Robert C. & Jessen, Henry
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Endurance Tests of a 22-Inch-Diameter Pulse-Jet Engine With a Neoprene-Coated Valve Grid

Description: Report discussing the results of testing to determine the operating life of a 22-inch-diameter pulse-jet engine equipped with a neoprene-coated valve grid. The valve grid was found to extend the operating life and only reduced the performance slightly.
Date: October 3, 1945
Creator: Manganiello, Eugene J.; Valerino, Michael F. & Breisch, John H.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Knock-Limited Blending Characteristics of Benzene, Toluene, Mixed Xylenes, and Cumene in an Air-Cooled Cylinder

Description: "An investigation was conducted to determine the knock-limited blending characteristics of leaded fuels containing selected aromatic fuel components (benzene, toluene, mixed xylenes, and cumene). Each of the aromatics was blended with an alkylate blending agent and with a virgin base stock. The blending characteristics of the resulting fuels were determined in a full-scale aircraft-engine cylinder" (p. 1).
Date: February 3, 1945
Creator: Hensley, Reece V. & Breitwieser, Roland
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Polonium production neutron flux in bismuth columns

Description: On the basis of polonium assays by the customer, an improved equation for the prediction of the polonium content of a bismuth tube has been developed.
Date: December 3, 1945
Creator: Wende, C. W. J.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department