• Corpus ID: 117483268

The B61-based "Robust Nuclear Earth Penetrator:" Clever retrofit or headway towards fourth-generation nuclear weapons?

@article{Gsponer2005TheB,
  title={The B61-based "Robust Nuclear Earth Penetrator:" Clever retrofit or headway towards fourth-generation nuclear weapons?},
  author={Andr{\'e} Gsponer},
  journal={arXiv: Physics and Society},
  year={2005}
}
  • A. Gsponer
  • Published 6 October 2005
  • Engineering
  • arXiv: Physics and Society
It is scientifically and technically possible to build an earth penetrating device that could bury a B61-7 warhead 30 meters into concrete, or 150 meters into earth, before detonating it. The device (based on knowledge and technology that are available since 50 years) would however be large and cumbersome. Better penetrator materials, components able to withstand larger stresses, higher impact velocities, and/or high-explosive driven penetration aids, can only marginally improve the device. It… 

Figures and Tables from this paper

Fourth Generation Nuclear Weapons: Military effectiveness and collateral effects
The paper begins with a general introduction and update to Fourth Generation Nuclear Weapons (FGNW), and then addresses some particularly important military aspects on which there has been only
From the lab to the battlefield? Nanotechnology and fourth generation nuclear weapons
The paper addresses some major implications of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) engineering and nanotechnology for the improvement of existing types of nuclear weapons, and the development of
Futile superiority: Decision making and the development of new-generation nuclear weapons
ABSTRACT This article covers the history of nuclear weapons development in the United States by comparing the debates over each weapon generation, dividing the influencing factors into strategic and

References

SHOWING 1-10 OF 71 REFERENCES
Fourth Generation Nuclear Weapons: Military effectiveness and collateral effects
The paper begins with a general introduction and update to Fourth Generation Nuclear Weapons (FGNW), and then addresses some particularly important military aspects on which there has been only
Depleted-Uranium Weapons: the Whys and Wherefores
The only military application in which depleted-uranium (DU) alloys out-perform present-day tungsten alloys is long-rod penetration into a main battle-tank's armor. However, this advantage is only on
Fissile fuel breeding with peaceful nuclear explosives
Space Weapons: Crossing the U.S. Rubicon
In the next decade, planned U.S. military activities in outer space will cross several important thresholds. By 2008 the U.S. Missile Defense Agency intends to deploy a test bed of space-based
The B61 family of bombs
THE 861 BOMB IS PERHAPS THE MOST versatile and abundant nuclear weapon in the U.S. stockpile. Close study of its complex history reveals something that the nuclear weapon labs may not want to admit:
Effectiveness of Nuclear Weapons against Buried Biological Agents
This report describes the results of some calculations on the effectiveness of penetrating nuclear weapons of yield 1 and 10 kilotons against targets containing biological agents. The effectiveness
Depth Prediction for Earth-Penetrating Projectiles
An empirical equation is developed for the prediction of total penetration distance of a projectile in many natural earth targets. Development of this equation was based on approximately 160
From the lab to the battlefield? Nanotechnology and fourth generation nuclear weapons
The paper addresses some major implications of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) engineering and nanotechnology for the improvement of existing types of nuclear weapons, and the development of
The Effects of Nuclear Weapons
This book is a revision of "The Effects of Nuclear Weapons" which was issued in 1957. It was prepared by the Defense Atomic Support Agency of the Department of Defense in coordination with other
A Projectile Penetration Theory for Layered Targets
Abstract : Projectile penetration was studied. Empirical equations describing the axial force which opposes the motion of a rigid projectile as it passes through a deformable solid target were
...
...