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    Project Dugout

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    Date: 04/1965 | Type: Subsurface @-13.7m | Yield: 20t (x5)

    Project Dogout was a non-nuclear underground explosive test series in 1965, consisting of the simultaneous detonation of five chemical charges. The primary purpose of the project was to increase the knowledge of row cratering dimensions in hard, dry rock. Conducted by the U.S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station Corps of Engineers. It was intended to contribute to preparations for "Project Buggy, the first nuclear row-charge experiment in the Plowshare Program. Each charge consisted of 18,150 kilos of the liquid explosive nitromethane (CH3NO2), contained in mined 3 meter spherical cavities at a depth of 18 meters, spaced at 13.7 meter intervals. A mortar known as shotcrete, and a rubber compound were applied to the interior of the cavity to make them impermeable.

    Published on: 2008-05-26 (23478 reads)

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