Yield Estimation Using Shock Wave Methods
- Steven R. Taylor,
- Howard J. Patton and
- Paul G. Richards
Published Online: 18 MAR 2013
Copyright 1991 by the American Geophysical Union.
Explosion Source Phenomenology
How to Cite
Lamb, F. K., Callen, B. W. and Sullivan, J. D. (1991) Yield Estimation Using Shock Wave Methods, in Explosion Source Phenomenology (eds S. R. Taylor, H. J. Patton and P. G. Richards), American Geophysical Union, Washington, D. C.. doi: 10.1029/GM065p0073
- Published Online: 18 MAR 2013
- Published Print: 1 JAN 1991
Print ISBN: 9780875900315
Online ISBN: 9781118663820
- Underground nuclear explosions—Detection—Congresses;
The yields of underground nuclear explosions can be estimated using shock wave methods. These methods make use of the fact that the strength of the expanding shock wave produced by an underground explosion increases with the yield. We first discuss the basis of shock wave yield estimation methods, including the properties of shock waves in rock, the evolution of the shock waves produced by underground nuclear explosions, and the dependence of the evolution on the properties of the ambient medium. We then describe several techniques that have been developed in the United States to measure the shock front position as a function of time, including the so-called CORRTEX technique. Finally, we consider several of the algorithms that have been used to derive yield estimates from measurements of the shock front position as a function of time, the application of these algorithms to low-yield explosions, and the expected accuracy of shock wave methods.