A Review of Nuclear Explosion Phenomena Pertinent to Protective Construction

by Harold L. Brode


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A report specifically oriented to the design of protection from the effects of nuclear weapons. It deals with the phenomena of the intense or close-in regions not always adequately covered in other standard works on the subject. It emphasizes early fireball growth, prompt nuclear radiation near an explosion, cratering and intense ground shock, high-overpressure air blast, hot fireball air and intense thermal exposure, and distribution of debris and after-winds. It includes information on all aspects of nuclear explosions known to be pertinent to the design of shelters.

This report is part of the RAND Corporation Report series. The report was a product of the RAND Corporation from 1948 to 1993 that represented the principal publication documenting and transmitting RAND's major research findings and final research.

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