Would a powerful non-nuclear explosion look the same as an equivalent nuclear explosion?
The British used 450 tons of explosive in a series of mines under the German lines. If they had packed in 20,000 tons, the equivalent of the first atomic test, would the result have looked like the blast at Trinity?
The major differences between a nuclear and non-nuclear explosion are that the nuclear explosion creates ionising radiation and fallout and effectively emanates from a point source as compared to a non-nuclear one.
I think that if the two explosions had the same energy they would look different because of the larger space occupied by the conventional explosive. I am not sure of the details of appearance but I think the cloud would be broader and fatter.
Even a smaller amount of explosives when blown up will look exactly like nuclear explosion. The question just in size of the "mushroom", I think.... But i never saw anything like that to compare
I heard a report that when the Americans used a Fuel Air Explosive over a bunker complex during the Gulf War of 1990, some British ground troops actually thought it was a small nuclear device due to the mushroom cloud that appeared overhead. I don't remember where I heard that though, unfortunately!
It depends what you mean by "look like". The forces in a nuclear explosion, especially one caused by a modern, advanced device are physically bizarre, and so are nothing like a conventional detonation, no matter what the kiloton yield. These devices cause a fission-fusion-fission reaction (or worse) and have strange effects on the point where matter and energy meet.
Do they look similar to the naked eye? Possibly, but that's where their similarity ends.
by Jessica Monroe 10 years ago
What is an equivalent fraction for 3/4
by janesix 7 years ago
I have some questions about evolution.1. Random Mutation. Is it really random?"To determine how the bacteria had gained their tails, Dr. Xavier and his colleagues sequenced the DNA of 24 lines of hyperswarmers. In 24 out of 24 cases, they discovered that they have gained a mutation in the same...
by Joana e Bruno 10 years ago
Can one be an amazing mom and a great business/powerful woman at the same time?Or one excludes the other?
by rlleon42 9 years ago
Would you buy organic food if it cost the same as non-organic food?
by Mary's Crumbs 9 years ago
In light of the West Texas explosion, do you live in fear of installations near your home?Refineries, fertilizer plants, chemical plants, nuclear power plants... it is almost impossible not to have such a potentially dangerous facility nearby. Does living in proximity to such places worry...
Copyright © 2022 Maven Media Brands, LLC and respective content providers on this website. HubPages® is a registered trademark of Maven Coalition, Inc. Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners. Maven Media Brands, LLC and respective content providers to this website may receive compensation for some links to products and services on this website.
|HubPages Device ID||This is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.|
|Login||This is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.|
|HubPages Traffic Pixel||This is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.|
|Remarketing Pixels||We may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.|
|Conversion Tracking Pixels||We may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.|