Explosives and Demolitions
U.S. Army Engineer Center and Schools
The Army Institute for Professional Development, Correspondence Course Program
Handling explosives and making demolitions are key skills among the U.S. armed forces, and this is the official training course. From these materials you'll be able to calculate explosives for timber-cutting, steel-cutting, breaching, and cratering charges. Provides detailed instructions for working with TNT, C-4 (C4; M112), M118 sheet explosives, dynamite, and ammonium nitrate cratering charges. Explains use of 1/4-lb, 1/2-lb, and 1-lb blocks of TNT; sticks of dynamite.
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Appendix C contains the standard six-step, problem-solving format, "Rules of Thumb," demolition formulas, and breaching tables.
- Felling trees to form obstacles
- Calculating for stump removal
- Calculating for internal tamped charges for timber cutting
- Calculating for external untamped charges and ring charges
- How to minimize charge waste for M118 sheet explosive
- Calculating steel-cutting charges for structural steel, beam, chain, and rail cutting
- Calculating for high-carbon and alloy steels
- Calculating for special-purpose ribbon, saddle, and diamond (stress-wave) charges
- Calculating breaching charges for destruction of concrete slab bridges, concrete T-beams, bridge piers and abutments, and permanent field fortifications
- Calculating counterforce charges
- Calculating amount of explosives needed to make hasty, deliberate, and relieved-face craters of various sizes
- Making effective antitank obstacles
- Breaching roads and airfield runways
Lesson 1: Calculating Timber-Cutting Charges
Lesson 2: Calculating Steel-Cutting Charges
Lesson 3: Calculating Breaching Charges
Lesson 4: Calculating Explosive Requirements for Craters
Appendix A: List of Common Acronyms
Appendix B: Recommended Reading List
Appendix C: Additional Information
NOTE: These sample illustrations are greatly reduced in both size and resolution!
The course includes every mathematical calculation involved,
along with sample problems and their step-by-step solution.
Produced by the United States Army Engineer School at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Eight credit hours, no prerequisites. Includes administrative, grading, and certification instructions; practice exercises, answer keys, and feedback; final examination.
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