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Title: Development of engineering criteria for use of slurry-type explosives against tactical structural targets
Authors: United States. Army. Office of the Chief of Engineers.
Watt, James M.
Keywords: Blast resistant structures
Slurry explosives
Structural engineering
Publisher: Weapons Effects Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: Miscellaneous paper (U.S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station) ; N-78-5.
Description: Miscellaneous paper
Abstract: The objective of this study was to determine the effectiveness of a slurry-type explosive against common construction materials and to investigate the operational aspect of employing slurry against structural targets. The investigation of slurry as a demolition charge was divided into two test phases. The first phase was conducted on structural elements. A total of 54 tests were conducted: 11 tests of steel plates 1/2, 1/4, 3/8, and 1 inch thick; 27 tests of wide-flange steel beams; 11 tests of 12- and 16-inch-square reinforced concrete piers; and 5 tests of 12-inch-square wood (green oak) members. The second phase consisted of four prototype bridges: two wide-flange steel stringer types, 40-foot clear spans; one reinforced concrete, 40-foot clear span; and one steel truss, 108-foot clear span. Slurry was demonstrated to be effective against structural elements and prototype bridge structures. Recommendations for the use of slurries are presented.
Rights: Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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