Document Details


Title:
REPORT TO THE TEST DIRECTOR, OPERATION TEAPOT, NEVADA TEST SITE, FEBRUARY - MAY 1955, PROJECT 33.2, THE EFFECTS OF NOISE IN BLAST-RESISTANT SHELTERS
Author(s):
Subject Terms:
TEAPOT OPERATION; RESEARCH PROGRAMS; BUILDINGS; RATS; SENSORY SYSTEM; DATA; BIOLOGICAL RADIATION EFFECTS; PHOTOGRAPHS; COMPARATIVE EVALUATIONS
Addressee:
MEHAS T C
Document Location:
Location - NNSA/NSO Nuclear Testing Archive Address - P.O. Box 98521 City - Las Vegas State - NV Zip - 89193-8521 Phone - (702)794-5106 Fax - (702)862-4240 Email - CIC@NV.DOE.GOV
Document Type:
REPORT
Publication Date:
1957 Jun 25
Declassification Status:
Never classified
Document Pages:
0048
Accession Number:
NV0051222
Document Number(s):
WT1180
Originating Research Org.:
SANDIA CORPORATION (NOW SANDIA NATIONAL LABORATORI
OpenNet Entry Date:
1994 Aug 26
Description/Abstract:
A FATIGUE SYNDROME HAS BEEN OBSERVED TO DEVELOP IN ANIMALS THAT EXPERI ENCE A NUCLEAR EXPLOSION WHILE CONFINED IN A BLAST-RESISTANT SHELTER. IN ORDER TO DETERMINE THE IMPORTANCE OF NOISE AS A CONTRIBUTING FACTOR , GROUPS OF DEAFENED AND NONDEAFENED ALBINO MALE RATS WERE PLACED IN B LAST-RESISTANT SHELTERS ON TWO EXPLOSIONS OF THE OPERATION TEAPOT SERI ES. NOISE MEASUREMENTS WERE MADE WHICH SHOWED THAT NOISE INTENSITIES R EACHED A LEVEL AS HIGH AS 181 DB, BUT ONLY FOR DURATIONS OF 35 MSEC. N O DIFFERENCES WERE FOUND BETWEEN THE DEAFENED AND NONDEAFENED RATS IN THE POSTSHOT EXPERIMENTAL TESTS. IT WAS CONCLUDED THAT NOISE IN THIS P ARTICULAR INSTANCE WAS NOT A PARAMETER OF IMPORTANCE IN ETIOLOGY OF FA TIGUE. MANY OF THE ANIMALS RECEIVED SIGNIFICANT DOSES OF IONIZING RADI ATION. THIS AFFECTED THE LEARNING PERFORMANCE OF THE UNTRAINED ANIMALS ; HOWEVER, IT DID NOT AFFECT THE RETENTION OF A LEARNED RESPONSE IN TH E CASE OF THE ANIMALS THAT HAD BEEN TRAINED PRIOR TO THE EXPLOSION. DE SPITE THE FACT THAT THESE TRAINED RATS WERE VERY ILL, THEY CONTINUED T O PERFORM THE DISCRIMINATORY ACT WITHOUT ERROR.


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