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Title: Birds Point-New Madrid Floodway emergency operation : explosive design summary
Authors: United States. Mississippi River Commission.
Rooke, Allen D.
Keywords: Birds Point-New Madrid Floodway
Explosive excavation
Levee construction
Flood control
Publisher: Structures Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: Miscellaneous paper (U.S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station) ; SL-80-5.
Description: Miscellaneous Paper
Abstract: At the request of the Mississippi River Commission, a design was prepared by the U.S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station (WES) for the explosive excavation of a length of levee, part of an emergency operation plan for the Birds Point-New Madrid Floodway in the U.S. Army Engineer District, Memphis. Field tests leading to the explosive design were conducted at the WES Big Black Test Site and consisted of four phases: (A.) detonating cord layout, (B.) full-scale borehole loading of candidate explosives, (C.) a one-third-scale model, and (D.) longitudinal spacing. From tests of commercial slurry explosives recommended by manufacturers, an explosive was selected for the excavation, and a layout and borehole depth were determined, based upon expected crater size, for an array of three rows of vertically emplaced, water-stemmed charges. Alternate slurries and accompanying spacings are included.
Rights: Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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