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Title: Terrain Characteristics at Gator Mine Impact and Penetration Test Sites, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland
Authors: Green, Charles E.
Mobility and Environmental Systems Laboratory (U.S.)
Keywords: Soil penetration test
Mines (Military explosives)
Publisher: U.S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station
Series/Report no.: Miscellaneous Paper (U.S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station);no. M-77-13
Abstract: A series of impact and penetration tests were conducted to evaluate the performance of the Gator Mine. The tests were conducted by Picatinny Arsenal at 1 Field, Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG), Maryland, during the period 11-15 April 1977 to provide data to compare the penetration performance of three types of Gator mines (Air Force, s-shaped, and 110): These data were necessary to document terrain characteristics at the APG sites used in the impact and penetration tests of the Gator Mine. The terrain characteristics were needed to develop mine penetrability relations and to provide a baseline for theoretical extrapolation of the Gator Mine performance to other world environments. The results of this study are summarized as follows: a. The variation in soil consistency with depth and location within the site provided a wide range of soil conditions for evaluating mine performance but did not include locations exhibiting soil strengths that would result in marginal vehicle performance. b. The average 0- to 12-in. cone index (CI) ranged from 82- to 626+ with most of the readings occurring in the 200-400 range. c. The average 0- to 12-in. dynamic cone penetrometer index (DCPI) ranged from 5 to 57 with most of the readings in the 10-30 range. d. A wide range of values for horizontal displacement from impact point, penetration, impact angle, at-rest angle, and depth of overburden occurred during testing. e. Based on soil strength conditions, the I Field site is analagous to 83 percent of the Fulda Gap area in West Germany. f. Standard vehicles could operate with ease in the test area.
Description: Miscellaneous Paper
Gov't Doc #: Miscellaneous Paper M-77-13
Rights: Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited
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