Standoff Variation Study III: Detonation of a Donor Munitions Stack and Responses of a Thick Rectangular Water Barricade and an Acceptor Stack

Report No. ARL-TR-2035
Authors: Lottero, Richard E.
Date/Pages: August 1999; 93 pages
Abstract: This report documents the third stage of the continuation of the fully coupled numerical modeling of the detonation of a simplified munitions stack in a temporary storage area and the subsequent effects on the immediate surroundings of the stack. Three plausible configurations of this munitions stack, referred to as the "donor" stack, an intervening water barricade, and an "acceptor" munitions stack, are modeled in two-dimensional (2-D) Cartesian hydrocode computations using the CTH hydrodynamics computer code. The distance between each munitions stack and the barricade, referred to here as the "standoff" distance, is varied from one computation to the next, with the physical characteristics of the munitions stacks and barricade themselves remaining unchanged. The donor stack is modeled as an uncased, condensed high- explosive charge with a rectangular cross section. The water barricade has a relatively thick rectangular cross section, and the acceptor stack is modeled as a solid iron rectangle. The loadings on both the barricade and the acceptor stack are computed, as are their fully coupled responses to those loadings. Only a relatively weak inverse functional relationship with standoff distance was found in the barricade response. Weak correlations with both standoff distance and face separation were also found for all parameters that were evaluated for the acceptor stack response. The results are also compared with those of the first two parts of this study on the coupled blast loading and response computations for a massive water barricade with a trapezoidal cross section and computations for a thin rectangular water barricade.
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Last Update / Reviewed: August 1, 1999