Deliberate road crater design test series, Raystown, Pennsylvania
Reed, Howard H.
Miscellaneous paperAbstract: The Deliberate Road Crater Design Test Series, executed by the U. S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station Explosive Excavation Research Laboratory in conjunction with elements of the 176th Engineer Group, Virginia National Guard, was conducted in May 1973 near the Raystown Reservoir project, Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. The tests consisted of several deliberate road cratering designs and a series of equal weight cratering comparisons. The two explosives involved were the U. S. Army 40-lb (18.1-kg) cratering charge and a slurry explosive developed for Army consideration by Hercules, Inc. Test results demonstrated that the Hercules slurry performed as well as the standard cratering charges. The various designs used resulted in effective road craters. It was demonstrated that creating emplacement holes for the explosive is the most difficult operation in road cratering.
Weapons Effects Laboratory (U.S.)Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Cratering; Explosive charges; Road craters; Slurry explosive
Miscellaneous paper (U.S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station) ; N-76-6.
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