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Nuclear cratering applications

Abstract

The development of nuclear excavation technology is based on the promise that the relatively inexpensive energy available from thermonuclear explosives can be used to simultaneously break and move age quantities of rock and earth economically and safety. This paper discusses the economic and other advantages of using nuclear excavation for large engineering projects. A brief description of the phenomenology of nuclear excavation is given. Each of the several proposed general applications of nuclear excavation is discussed to include a few specific example of possible nuclear excavation projects. The discussion includes nuclear excavation for harbors, canals, terrain transits, aggregate production, mining and water resource development and conservation. (author)
Authors:
Williamson, M M [1] 
  1. U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, Germantown, MD (United States)
Publication Date:
Jul 01, 1969
Product Type:
Conference
Report Number:
INIS-XA-N-193; PB-187349; SWRHL-82
Resource Relation:
Conference: Symposium on public health aspects of peaceful uses of nuclear explosives, Las Vegas, NV (United States), 7-11 Apr 1969; Other Information: 9 refs, 15 figs; Related Information: In: Proceedings for the symposium on public health aspects of peaceful uses of nuclear explosives, 719 pages.
Subject:
58 GEOSCIENCES; HARBORS; MINING; MINING ENGINEERING; NUCLEAR ENGINEERING; NUCLEAR EXCAVATION; RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT; ROCKS; SAFETY
Sponsoring Organizations:
Southwestern Radiological Health Laboratory, Bureau of Radiological Health (United States)
OSTI ID:
20699881
Research Organizations:
U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Public Health Service, Consumer Protection and Environmental Health Service, Environmental Control Administration (United States)
Country of Origin:
IAEA
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
TRN: XA04N2182015883
Availability:
Available from INIS in electronic form
Submitting Site:
INIS
Size:
page(s) 21-47
Announcement Date:
Apr 07, 2006

Citation Formats

Williamson, M M. Nuclear cratering applications. IAEA: N. p., 1969. Web.
Williamson, M M. Nuclear cratering applications. IAEA.
Williamson, M M. 1969. "Nuclear cratering applications." IAEA.
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