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Title: Los Alamos Explosives Performance Key to Stockpile Stewardship

Abstract

As the U.S. Nuclear Deterrent ages, one essential factor in making sure that the weapons will continue to perform as designed is understanding the fundamental properties of the high explosives that are part of a nuclear weapons system. As nuclear weapons go through life extension programs, some changes may be advantageous, particularly through the addition of what are known as "insensitive" high explosives that are much less likely to accidentally detonate than the already very safe "conventional" high explosives that are used in most weapons. At Los Alamos National Laboratory explosives research includes a wide variety of both large- and small-scale experiments that include small contained detonations, gas and powder gun firings, larger outdoor detonations, large-scale hydrodynamic tests, and at the Nevada Nuclear Security Site, underground sub-critical experiments.

Authors:
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
LANL (Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States))
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1166961
Resource Type:
Multimedia
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
45 MILITARY TECHNOLOGY, WEAPONRY, AND NATIONAL DEFENSE; 42 ENGINEERING; STOCKPILE; SHOCK WAVE; PRESSURE; TEMPERATURE; DETONATION; EXPLOSIVE; DIAGNOSTICS

Citation Formats

Dattelbaum, Dana. Los Alamos Explosives Performance Key to Stockpile Stewardship. United States: N. p., 2014. Web.
Dattelbaum, Dana. Los Alamos Explosives Performance Key to Stockpile Stewardship. United States.
Dattelbaum, Dana. Mon . "Los Alamos Explosives Performance Key to Stockpile Stewardship". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1166961.
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title = {Los Alamos Explosives Performance Key to Stockpile Stewardship},
author = {Dattelbaum, Dana},
abstractNote = {As the U.S. Nuclear Deterrent ages, one essential factor in making sure that the weapons will continue to perform as designed is understanding the fundamental properties of the high explosives that are part of a nuclear weapons system. As nuclear weapons go through life extension programs, some changes may be advantageous, particularly through the addition of what are known as "insensitive" high explosives that are much less likely to accidentally detonate than the already very safe "conventional" high explosives that are used in most weapons. At Los Alamos National Laboratory explosives research includes a wide variety of both large- and small-scale experiments that include small contained detonations, gas and powder gun firings, larger outdoor detonations, large-scale hydrodynamic tests, and at the Nevada Nuclear Security Site, underground sub-critical experiments.},
doi = {},
journal = {},
number = ,
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place = {United States},
year = {2014},
month = {11}
}

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