Image

“Oops, I Dropped the Warhead!” (On Purpose)

Oct. 31, 2014
The Defense Dept. drop tested its latest nuclear warhead, the W88 ALT 370, the follow-up to the W88.
An unarmed W88 ALT 370 warhead was dropped onto concrete to gather data for upgrading components.

The Defense Dept. drop tested its latest nuclear warhead, the W88 ALT 370, the follow-up to the W88. It was the first such drop test since 1987 and it was conducted at Sandia National Lab’s 185-ft Drop Tower facility. The warhead (unarmed, of course) was dropped onto concrete in a simulated accident using the same type of handling gear that will move the weapon. To pass the test, the warhead has to remain safe and not leak radiation.

Sandia scientists will use vibration and shock measurements from the test to update specifications for weapon components. The data will also validate computer models designed to simulate other drop scenarios. 

Sponsored Recommendations

The entire spectrum of drive technology

June 5, 2024
Read exciting stories about all aspects of maxon drive technology in our magazine.

MONITORING RELAYS — TYPES AND APPLICATIONS

May 15, 2024
Production equipment is expensive and needs to be protected against input abnormalities such as voltage, current, frequency, and phase to stay online and in operation for the ...

Solenoid Valve Mechanics: Understanding Force Balance Equations

May 13, 2024
When evaluating a solenoid valve for a particular application, it is important to ensure that the valve can both remain in state and transition between its de-energized and fully...

Solenoid Valve Basics: What They Are, What They Do, and How They Work

May 13, 2024
A solenoid valve is an electromechanical device used to control the flow of a liquid or gas. It is comprised of two features: a solenoid and a valve. The solenoid is an electric...

Voice your opinion!

To join the conversation, and become an exclusive member of Machine Design, create an account today!