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SHOCK WAVE ANALYSIS OF THE CONSEQUENCES OF A REACTOR ACCIDENT

Abstract

The solution to the problem of transmission and attenuation of the shock wave resulting from a large reactor accident is demonstrated for a configuration typical of many reactors. The particular configuration is that of a spherical gas bubble surrounded by one or more concentric regions of compressible material. A systematic parameter study was made in which the physical characteristics of the compressible shield regions and the expansion characteristics of a gas were assumed to be parameters. Results for seven cases are shown, and similar cases with only one important difference are compared. From these comparisons it was concluded that under certain conditions alternative materials can be substituted for reactor materials in model experiments and TNT can be used as an energy source instead of uranium. In the outer crushable region the total mass of material is the important factor. (A.G.W.)
Publication Date:
Jun 15, 1963
Product Type:
Conference
Report Number:
CONF-39-22; AED-Conf-63-060-16
Reference Number:
NSA-17-036897
Resource Relation:
Conference: American Nuclear Society, 9th Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT (United States) 17-19 Jun 1963
Subject:
REACTOR TECHNOLOGY; ACCIDENTS; ANALOG SYSTEMS; CONFIGURATION; EXPLOSIONS; EXPLOSIVES; GASES; REACTORS; SHOCK WAVES; SPHERES; TNT
Sponsoring Organizations:
Sponsor not identified
OSTI ID:
4876349
Research Organizations:
Atomic Power Development Associates, Inc., Detroit, MI (United States)
Country of Origin:
United States
Language:
English
Submitting Site:
DTIE
Size:
Pages: 14
Announcement Date:
Mar 29, 2013

Citation Formats

Klickman, A E, Nicholson, R B, and Nims, J B. SHOCK WAVE ANALYSIS OF THE CONSEQUENCES OF A REACTOR ACCIDENT. United States: N. p., 1963. Web.
Klickman, A E, Nicholson, R B, & Nims, J B. SHOCK WAVE ANALYSIS OF THE CONSEQUENCES OF A REACTOR ACCIDENT. United States.
Klickman, A E, Nicholson, R B, and Nims, J B. 1963. "SHOCK WAVE ANALYSIS OF THE CONSEQUENCES OF A REACTOR ACCIDENT." United States.
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title = {SHOCK WAVE ANALYSIS OF THE CONSEQUENCES OF A REACTOR ACCIDENT}
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abstractNote = {The solution to the problem of transmission and attenuation of the shock wave resulting from a large reactor accident is demonstrated for a configuration typical of many reactors. The particular configuration is that of a spherical gas bubble surrounded by one or more concentric regions of compressible material. A systematic parameter study was made in which the physical characteristics of the compressible shield regions and the expansion characteristics of a gas were assumed to be parameters. Results for seven cases are shown, and similar cases with only one important difference are compared. From these comparisons it was concluded that under certain conditions alternative materials can be substituted for reactor materials in model experiments and TNT can be used as an energy source instead of uranium. In the outer crushable region the total mass of material is the important factor. (A.G.W.)}
place = {United States}
year = {1963}
month = {Jun}
}