Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Tsar Bomba in volume TNT

The Tsar Bomba is the largest, most powerful nuclear weapon ever detonated. Developed by the Soviet Union, a bomb of about 50 megatons.

TNT equivalent is a method of quantifying the energy released in explosions. The tonne of TNT is used as a unit of energy, approximately equivalent to the energy released in the detonation of this amount of TNT.
Megaton of TNT (Mt) = 4.1868 x 1015 J

TNT has a density of 1.654 g/cm^3. This means the Tsar Bomba is equivalent to a cube with sides of 311.5m made of pure TNT. This cube is shown in the following figure on the map of Manhattan:

The Tsar Bomba compared to other nuclear bombs detonated:
Video of 160 kg TNT explosion:

Video of Tsar Bomba explosion:


cybrbeast said...

Wow, that's awesome. Good work!

pimp-a-lot bear said...

kaboom!! It sure is a lot of TNT.

cybrbeast said...

The Damn Interesting article on the Tsar Bomba is also pretty good.