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Title: Estimates of the nuclear design requirement for the Pechora-Kama Canal project

Abstract

The Soviet Union is considering the use of nuclear emplosives to excavate a portion of the Pechora-Kama Canal to divert water from northward-flowing rivers into the Caspian Sea. The Soviets have provided a general description of the Canal project, but detailed analyses of the nuclear design, including yields and number of nuclear charges, have never been published. Estimates for the nuclear design based on three different approaches are presented. Because of the meager amount of data provided by Soviet scientists, a variety of assumptions, based on U.S. experience, regarding media properties and design parameters have been made. The resulting estimates are strongly dependent upon these assumptions. Reasonable sets of assumptions can be found which lead to results in agreement with the published Soviet estimates for the total yield and total number of explosives. The results also indicate that the nuclear canal can be constructed, under most assumptions, to meet all identified Soviet criteria using only nuclear explosives with yields less than or equal to 150 kt.

Authors:
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
California Univ., Livermore (USA). Lawrence Livermore Lab.
OSTI Identifier:
6426786
Report Number(s):
UCRL-52635
TRN: 79-009395
DOE Contract Number:  
W-7405-ENG-48
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
45 MILITARY TECHNOLOGY, WEAPONRY, AND NATIONAL DEFENSE; INLAND WATERWAYS; NUCLEAR EXCAVATION; FEASIBILITY STUDIES; NUCLEAR EXPLOSIONS; USSR; EUROPE; EXCAVATION; EXPLOSIONS; 450201* - Military Technology, Weaponry, & National Defense- Nuclear Explosions & Explosives- Containment

Citation Formats

Nordyke, M.D. Estimates of the nuclear design requirement for the Pechora-Kama Canal project. United States: N. p., 1979. Web. doi:10.2172/6426786.
Nordyke, M.D. Estimates of the nuclear design requirement for the Pechora-Kama Canal project. United States. doi:10.2172/6426786.
Nordyke, M.D. Tue . "Estimates of the nuclear design requirement for the Pechora-Kama Canal project". United States. doi:10.2172/6426786. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/6426786.
@article{osti_6426786,
title = {Estimates of the nuclear design requirement for the Pechora-Kama Canal project},
author = {Nordyke, M.D.},
abstractNote = {The Soviet Union is considering the use of nuclear emplosives to excavate a portion of the Pechora-Kama Canal to divert water from northward-flowing rivers into the Caspian Sea. The Soviets have provided a general description of the Canal project, but detailed analyses of the nuclear design, including yields and number of nuclear charges, have never been published. Estimates for the nuclear design based on three different approaches are presented. Because of the meager amount of data provided by Soviet scientists, a variety of assumptions, based on U.S. experience, regarding media properties and design parameters have been made. The resulting estimates are strongly dependent upon these assumptions. Reasonable sets of assumptions can be found which lead to results in agreement with the published Soviet estimates for the total yield and total number of explosives. The results also indicate that the nuclear canal can be constructed, under most assumptions, to meet all identified Soviet criteria using only nuclear explosives with yields less than or equal to 150 kt.},
doi = {10.2172/6426786},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {Tue Jan 16 00:00:00 EST 1979},
month = {Tue Jan 16 00:00:00 EST 1979}
}

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