The objective of this project is to collect supplemental data to support effort and subsequent development of a linear sound wave propagation model that uses output data from a blast effects model as input. This model would allow for predictive analysis of sound introduced into the underwater marine environment from an above surface explosive event, in-kind to detonation of a found underwater unexploded ordnance (UXO). Results from this modeling effort would drive the applicability of the blast barge system for use in disposal of UXO, and provide a understanding of potential remediation efforts necessary to reduce effect on the marine environment.
The project team will use data collected from field experiments to validate a blast effects (CTH) model such that numerous scenarios can be evaluated and used as input for an underwater linear wave propagation model. The developed acoustic model will provide predictive analysis on potential effects on marine environment and drive decision on use of the system in practice as a means of UXO disposal.
The Department of Defense expects to benefit with a safe, economical, and multi-use system capable of demolishing found underwater UXO in an environmentally friendly manner. The finished technology will allow for detonation in select waterborne environments without hazard to civilian populations and with minimal impact on marine mammals. Due to the simplicity of the system, the technology can likely be transitioned to private industry to support handling of found underwater UXO worldwide.