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Title: Seismic Models for Near-Surface Explosion Yield Estimation in Alluvium and Sedimentary Rock

Seismic ground-motion data provide valuable constraints on explosion characteristics, such as yield and height-of-burst/depth-of-burial (HOB/DOB). In this study, we investigate a range of seismic amplitude features and their efficacy in minimizing errors associated with yield estimation. Using a set of explosion recordings from experiments conducted in alluvium and sedimentary rock geologies, we investigated the effectiveness of three different seismic feature types over a range of different frequencies. Using both velocity and displacement data, we investigated the zero-to-peak (ZTP) amplitude of the first arriving P wave, the peak-to-peak (PTP) amplitude of the first arriving P wave, and the P rms amplitude over various time windows starting with the P wave. These three basic features were measured on both vertical component only data and the vertical–radial vector sum. In total, there were 56 different combinations investigated. Our seismic models combine the effects of scaled range and scaled HOB/DOB on the observed seismic features. The results show that the vertical–radial vector sum of the ZTP amplitudes measured on displacement seismograms most consistently produce models with the smallest difference between predicted amplitude values and observed amplitude values when accounting for both alluvium and sedimentary rock lithology. The improvement in fit to the data whenmore » incorporating the difference in source lithology is significant. Lastly, if an alluvium lithology is assumed for a sedimentary rock lithology, the difference in yield could be up to ~3.0 times the appropriate yield in the far field.« less
Authors:
 [1] ;  [1] ;  [1] ;  [1] ;  [1] ;  [2] ;  [3]
  1. Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)
  2. Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)
  3. Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Kirtland AFB, NM (United States)
Publication Date:
Report Number(s):
LLNL-JRNL-725844
Journal ID: ISSN 0037-1106; 875462
Grant/Contract Number:
AC52-07NA27344
Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 108; Journal Issue: 3A; Journal ID: ISSN 0037-1106
Publisher:
Seismological Society of America
Research Org:
Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
58 GEOSCIENCES
OSTI Identifier:
1466172

Templeton, Dennise C., Rodgers, Arthur J., Ford, Sean R., Harben, Philip E., Ramirez, Abelardo L., Foxall, William, and Reinke, Robert E.. Seismic Models for Near-Surface Explosion Yield Estimation in Alluvium and Sedimentary Rock. United States: N. p., Web. doi:10.1785/0120170145.
Templeton, Dennise C., Rodgers, Arthur J., Ford, Sean R., Harben, Philip E., Ramirez, Abelardo L., Foxall, William, & Reinke, Robert E.. Seismic Models for Near-Surface Explosion Yield Estimation in Alluvium and Sedimentary Rock. United States. doi:10.1785/0120170145.
Templeton, Dennise C., Rodgers, Arthur J., Ford, Sean R., Harben, Philip E., Ramirez, Abelardo L., Foxall, William, and Reinke, Robert E.. 2018. "Seismic Models for Near-Surface Explosion Yield Estimation in Alluvium and Sedimentary Rock". United States. doi:10.1785/0120170145. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1466172.
@article{osti_1466172,
title = {Seismic Models for Near-Surface Explosion Yield Estimation in Alluvium and Sedimentary Rock},
author = {Templeton, Dennise C. and Rodgers, Arthur J. and Ford, Sean R. and Harben, Philip E. and Ramirez, Abelardo L. and Foxall, William and Reinke, Robert E.},
abstractNote = {Seismic ground-motion data provide valuable constraints on explosion characteristics, such as yield and height-of-burst/depth-of-burial (HOB/DOB). In this study, we investigate a range of seismic amplitude features and their efficacy in minimizing errors associated with yield estimation. Using a set of explosion recordings from experiments conducted in alluvium and sedimentary rock geologies, we investigated the effectiveness of three different seismic feature types over a range of different frequencies. Using both velocity and displacement data, we investigated the zero-to-peak (ZTP) amplitude of the first arriving P wave, the peak-to-peak (PTP) amplitude of the first arriving P wave, and the Prms amplitude over various time windows starting with the P wave. These three basic features were measured on both vertical component only data and the vertical–radial vector sum. In total, there were 56 different combinations investigated. Our seismic models combine the effects of scaled range and scaled HOB/DOB on the observed seismic features. The results show that the vertical–radial vector sum of the ZTP amplitudes measured on displacement seismograms most consistently produce models with the smallest difference between predicted amplitude values and observed amplitude values when accounting for both alluvium and sedimentary rock lithology. The improvement in fit to the data when incorporating the difference in source lithology is significant. Lastly, if an alluvium lithology is assumed for a sedimentary rock lithology, the difference in yield could be up to ~3.0 times the appropriate yield in the far field.},
doi = {10.1785/0120170145},
journal = {Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America},
number = 3A,
volume = 108,
place = {United States},
year = {2018},
month = {3}
}