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    I found a couple of very neat pictures from 1965. The strange sphere is 500 tons of TNT high explosive used to simulate and study the effects of a "nuclear" blast wave on a naval vessel.

    Note the shock wave in the second photo which expands as a condensation cloud and also a ripple in the water.



    Last edited by MonsterZero; 15 Apr 10, 20:12.

    "Artillery adds dignity to what would otherwise be a ugly brawl."
    --Frederick II, King of Prussia

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    ....boom!
    ARRRR! International Talk Like A Pirate Day - September 19th
    IN MARE IN COELO

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    • #3
      Wouldn't it be cheaper and easier to just use an actual nuke?
      "Artillery lends dignity to what might otherwise be a vulgar brawl." - Frederick the Great

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        YOUTUBE has some good footage of it, worth looking at.
        "In modern war... you will die like a dog for no good reason."
        Ernest Hemingway.

        Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, Or what's a heaven for?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Achtung Baby View Post
          YOUTUBE has some good footage of it, worth looking at.
          And you didn't post a link?
          Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by frisco17 View Post
            Wouldn't it be cheaper and easier to just use an actual nuke?
            You're kidding, right? You can do the TNT thing right in your own backyard, but a baby nuke? It ruins the lawn.
            Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Mountain Man View Post
              And you didn't post a link?
              There are many videos of it, go and have a look.... or is that too hard for you?
              "In modern war... you will die like a dog for no good reason."
              Ernest Hemingway.

              Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, Or what's a heaven for?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by frisco17 View Post
                Wouldn't it be cheaper and easier to just use an actual nuke?
                The test was conducted in Hawaii, probably on cost grounds. Conducting a test in the Bikini Atoll or some other distant Pacific island was very expensive, not really the cost of the nuke as much as the cost of transporting the deploying the logistical support.

                My understanding is that if you do a simple conversion of thousands of tons of TNT to kilotons of plutonium yield then nuclear weapons are indeed cheaper to manufacture (bigger bang for the buck). However, I imagine the final cost of detonating plutonium is greatly affected by the research and development which could have taken years and millions of dollars. Traditional explosives require expensive chemical plants but very little research compared to nukes.
                Last edited by MonsterZero; 17 Apr 10, 01:58.

                "Artillery adds dignity to what would otherwise be a ugly brawl."
                --Frederick II, King of Prussia

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                • #9
                  According to Wiki..

                  Rank order of largest conventional explosions/detonations by magnitude

                  These yields are approximated by the amount of the explosive material and its properties. They are rough estimates and are not authoritative.Event Approximate yield
                  N1 launch explosion 6 kt of TNT (25 TJ)
                  Minor Scale and Misty Picture 4 kt of TNT (17 TJ)
                  Heligoland 3.2 kt of TNT (13 TJ)
                  Halifax Explosion 2.9 kt of TNT (12 TJ)
                  Texas City Disaster 2.7-3.2 kt of TNT (11–13 TJ)
                  Port Chicago disaster 1.6-2.2 kt of TNT (7–9 TJ)

                  Minor Scale Explosion

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                  • #10
                    It looks like they blew up a giant Lego ball.
                    I tried this many times as a child.
                    My results were...not so spectacular.

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