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Your math's a bit off.

Your cross section area is correct, at 0.049 m2. Call it 1/20th of a square meter. A ten meter charge makes it half a cubic meter. At 1.55 T/m3, that gives you three quarters of a ton of TNT, or 750 kg, to play with.

With a .4 m diameter, you get the next best thing to two tons of TNT. That's still a couple of orders of magnitude from a kT, of course...

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Sat Jun 19th, 2010 at 07:18:31 PM EST
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(nearly) of the relief well with chemical explosives.  So I would be creating a line source for the explosion rather than  a point source.  I would be seeking to crush the gusher along most of its length, rather than just at one point.  The impact from the explosion would fall off with distance, rather than distance squared, which should enhance its effect.  

Alternatively, by choosing a sequence of detonation times, the explosion could be focused to highten the effect at one point in the gusher column.  

And following your calculation, the energy would then approach the kiloton range.  

That doesn't mean it would work, though.  

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by Gaianne on Sat Jun 19th, 2010 at 07:57:25 PM EST
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I don't know what the temperatures are at those depths and pressures. The Russians had to cool the bore before they inserted the nuke. Above a certain temperature TNT becomes unstable, I believe. Cooling and then inserting a large quantity of TNT might be problematical. I should stick to qualitative analysis. :-)

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by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat Jun 19th, 2010 at 09:50:24 PM EST
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I dropped a decimal place at the same place I screwed up the script for my exponent. The exponent was a 2 and I only moved the decimal point one space. That was after finding a three order of magnitude error that gave a totally unbelievable result! I'm terrible.

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by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sun Jun 20th, 2010 at 12:49:54 AM EST
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