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Title: Explosive ditching with TNT
Authors: United States. Army. Office of the Chief of Engineers.
Müller, Arno M.
Carleton, Hendrik D.
Keywords: Craters
Explosive excavation
High explosives craters
Publisher: Weapons Effects Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Description: Miscellaneous paper
Abstract: This report enables the comparison of data being developed on new commercial explosives with the military standard TNT explosive. The report presents the current definitions for single and row craters and the soils and rocks classification system for explosive excavation purposes. The theoretical basis for predicting and designing excavations by means of explosives is developed. Field data for nine different media were reexamined and submitted to a statistical analysis following preestablished criteria. The results of this analysis, along with the parameters for optimum charge burial depth for each medium, are presented in graphic form. Smoothness conditions are established for ditching designs, and some sample calculations of single and row craters are presented. Appendixes A and B present crater dimensions from single high-explosive charge detonations in rock and in soil, respectively. Appendix C gives ditch dimensions from high-explosive row-charge detonations in rock and soil.
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