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Title: Project Miracle Play, Humid Water Test, Onsite Radiological Safety, Industrial Hygiene, Safety and Medical Services. [Blast effects and seismic motion from underground natural gas explosion]

Abstract

The Tatum Dome Test Site, located approximately 34 kilometers southwest of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, was the site for the second Humid Water Test in a series of detonable gas explosions of Operation Miracle Play that took place in the cavity created by the Salmon Test, a 5 KT nuclear detonation. In addition, another nuclear detonation, the Sterling Test (0.38 KT), and the Diode Tube Test (Operation Miracle Play), a gas explosion with an assumed yield of 100 tons, were detonated in the same cavity. The Humid Water Test was inadvertently detonated on April 19, 1970. The scheduled readiness date was April 21, 1970. The burial depth was approximately 2,700 feet in the center of the 55-foot radius cavity. The design yield was equivalent to 315 tons of TNT. The explosive mixture consisted of natural gas (99 percent methane) and oxygen, with a mixture of 1.6 to 1 oxygen and methane, respectively. (Some nitrogen was also pumped into the cavity during the purging of the filling lines.) The purpose of the event was to investigate the simulation of blast effect of underground nuclear explosions involving detonable gas mixtures, and to measure the reduction in seismic motion due to decoupling of explosions inmore » an overdriven cavity. Radiation monitoring activities are described. (CH)« less

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Reynolds Electrical and Engineering Co., Inc., Las Vegas, Nev. (USA)
Sponsoring Org.:
US Energy Research and Development Administration (ERDA)
OSTI Identifier:
7263637
Report Number(s):
NVO-410-35
TRN: 76-021271
DOE Contract Number:  
E(26-1)-410
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
45 MILITARY TECHNOLOGY, WEAPONRY, AND NATIONAL DEFENSE; CHEMICAL EXPLOSIONS; BLAST EFFECTS; SEISMIC WAVES; NATURAL GAS; ENVIRONMENT; GROUND MOTION; MIXING; OXYGEN; SAFETY; SITE SELECTION; TESTING; UNDERGROUND EXPLOSIONS; CRYOGENIC FLUIDS; ELEMENTS; ENERGY SOURCES; EXPLOSIONS; FLUIDS; FOSSIL FUELS; FUEL GAS; FUELS; GAS FUELS; GASES; MOTION; NONMETALS; 450100* - Military Technology, Weaponry, & National Defense- Chemical Explosions & Explosives

Citation Formats

Rosenberry, C E, and Salazar, A Jr. Project Miracle Play, Humid Water Test, Onsite Radiological Safety, Industrial Hygiene, Safety and Medical Services. [Blast effects and seismic motion from underground natural gas explosion]. United States: N. p., 1976. Web. doi:10.2172/7263637.
Rosenberry, C E, & Salazar, A Jr. Project Miracle Play, Humid Water Test, Onsite Radiological Safety, Industrial Hygiene, Safety and Medical Services. [Blast effects and seismic motion from underground natural gas explosion]. United States. doi:10.2172/7263637.
Rosenberry, C E, and Salazar, A Jr. Thu . "Project Miracle Play, Humid Water Test, Onsite Radiological Safety, Industrial Hygiene, Safety and Medical Services. [Blast effects and seismic motion from underground natural gas explosion]". United States. doi:10.2172/7263637. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/7263637.
@article{osti_7263637,
title = {Project Miracle Play, Humid Water Test, Onsite Radiological Safety, Industrial Hygiene, Safety and Medical Services. [Blast effects and seismic motion from underground natural gas explosion]},
author = {Rosenberry, C E and Salazar, A Jr},
abstractNote = {The Tatum Dome Test Site, located approximately 34 kilometers southwest of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, was the site for the second Humid Water Test in a series of detonable gas explosions of Operation Miracle Play that took place in the cavity created by the Salmon Test, a 5 KT nuclear detonation. In addition, another nuclear detonation, the Sterling Test (0.38 KT), and the Diode Tube Test (Operation Miracle Play), a gas explosion with an assumed yield of 100 tons, were detonated in the same cavity. The Humid Water Test was inadvertently detonated on April 19, 1970. The scheduled readiness date was April 21, 1970. The burial depth was approximately 2,700 feet in the center of the 55-foot radius cavity. The design yield was equivalent to 315 tons of TNT. The explosive mixture consisted of natural gas (99 percent methane) and oxygen, with a mixture of 1.6 to 1 oxygen and methane, respectively. (Some nitrogen was also pumped into the cavity during the purging of the filling lines.) The purpose of the event was to investigate the simulation of blast effect of underground nuclear explosions involving detonable gas mixtures, and to measure the reduction in seismic motion due to decoupling of explosions in an overdriven cavity. Radiation monitoring activities are described. (CH)},
doi = {10.2172/7263637},
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number = ,
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place = {United States},
year = {1976},
month = {1}
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