Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


Nuclear Engineering

Major Professor

Howard L. Hall

Committee Members

Lawrence H. Heilbronn, Joseph R. Stainback IV, Thomas T. Meek


The ability to create an accurate method for determining the composition of post-detonation debris in an urban environment is an essential component of a proper nuclear forensics program. The methods necessary to create a high fidelity computer for modeling urban debris matrix creation is addressed. These methods include detonations varying in location in the lower 48 continental states and the yield of the weapon.

The ultimate goal of the research conducted in this area is to provide the nuclear forensics community with an effects modeling code that generates accurate urban surrogate recipes to be analyzed in laboratories. This code can be scaled to incorporate other blast scenarios that alter the final matrix composition.

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