Procedures for estimating the flat-weighted peak level produced by surface and buried charges

Richard Raspet, Michael T. Bobak

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A procedure has been developed for environmental officers and planners to estimate the immediate noise impacts of demolition and explosive operations. This three-step procedure involves finding a peak level at a particular distance, based on data for TNT, then calculating two correction factors, one for the type and weight of explosive and one for how deep the charge is buried. When the reference TNT level and these correction factors are combined, the sum is an estimate of the peak level which that charge will produce in that situation. This can be used to predict the likelihood of complaints and damage, and procedures can be adjusted accordingly. All this can be done manually using tables given in this report. In addition, a computer program to implement this procedure has been developed and installed on the Environmental Technical Information System (ETIS).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTechnical Report - United States Army Corps of Engineers, Construction Engineering Research Laboratory
StatePublished - Aug 1988
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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