Any h-bomb experts here?

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  1. montana_native

    montana_native Well-Known Member

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    I watched a cool documentary last night about the develoment of nuclear weapons called "Trinity and Beyond." There was some amazing footage captured during those tests.

    One thing I would like to know is what are those vertical "streamers" that show up at the beginning of the blast near ground level that rise up into the atmosphere?
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  2. toddconley

    toddconley Well-Known Member

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    I can drop some F bombs but I have no info on H bombs.
    thanks
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  3. royinidaho

    royinidaho Writers Guild

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    If you happen to know any of the bomb people at Los Alamos National Lab or ask someone at the Bradbury Museum in Los Alamos I bet you'd get an answer.
     
  4. Slopeshunter

    Slopeshunter Well-Known Member

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    I've got a copy of that documentary. Real interesting, sorry though, don't have an answer for your question.
     
  5. justgoto

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    The smoke trails are there to see how the surrounding air reacts to the explosion.
     
  6. jerrschmitt

    jerrschmitt Well-Known Member

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    The smoke trails are from telemetry rockets that are fired just prior to detonation. I'm not an expert but I worked in the program from 1958 to 1980.
     
  7. silvertip-co

    silvertip-co Well-Known Member

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    My dad's cousin worked at LosAlamos forever and wrote bomb papers that I have read online. He's old and retired now. I'll ask him when I talk to him. But he may not tell me.
     
  8. blipelt

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    This is not my field of explosives but I can make a guess for you. With the blended product we use, when the product goes off and achieves steady state velocity it will be around 6000degrees and a velocity far greater(I can't remember the exact number I think about 3Xfaster). I am assuming it is fragments of the devices or something around it going into the air. Did they mention if the device was contained? What I deal with are snap caps compared to this stuff though.




    Brent