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kiloton

1. one thousand tons
2. an explosive power, esp of a nuclear weapon, equal to the power of 1000 tons of TNT

kiloton

[′kil·ə‚tən]
(physics)
A unit used in specifying the yield of a fission or fusion bomb, equal to the explosive power of 1000 metric tons of trinitrotoluene (TNT). Abbreviated kt.
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The company plans to increase name-plate capacity at its polyols plant in Terneuzen, The Netherlands by 180 kilotons per year, and at its propylene glycol facility in Stade, Germany by 80 kilotons per year.
Similar techniques could detect argon-37 from a nuclear bomb, even though a mere 15 cubic centimeters of the gas- "the volume of a Ping-Pong ball"- would be produced per kiloton of explosive yield, he explains.
Recognizing the limitations on the numbers and locations of sensors, international negotiators have opted for a system that-in theory-can detect unmuffled explosions with yields down to roughly a kiloton, says Bratt.
The capacity of Henan Xindaxin Materials has been on the rise in recent years, and the cutting material capacity will hit 100 kilotons or so at the end of 2011.
46 million tons in the same period of 2009; and it will continue the rapid growth in 2011 owing to the fact that over 700 kilotons of viscose fiber will be put into production in China.
and Soviet governmens pledged in the 1970s to honor a testing limit of 150 kilotons, the two have yet to officially ratify any treaty that limits the threshold of nuclear weapons testing.
Kidder of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) at a Department of Energy-sponsored workshop on cavity decoupling, the military significance of tests near 10 and 150 kilotons has been far greater than that for tests below 1 kiloton under the Threshold Test Ban Treaty.
With the present state of technology, most experts agree that seismic networks can easily detect events well below the 150 kiloton (KT) limit of the Threshold Test Ban Treaty (TTBT).
Along with the breakthroughs in carbon fiber industrialized technologies, the successively released policies for carbon fiber industry development, and the stimulation of the huge gap between supply and demand in domestic market, China has launched a lot of research projects concerning carbon fiber and kiloton industrialization projects.
Web searches for North Korea and Kim Jong Il have exploded since the testing a one kiloton nuclear device and the subsequent sanctions imposed by the United Nations Security Council.
In recent years, with the continued promotion of the low-carbon economy, the global biodegradable plastics output has maintained a high growth rate, attaining about 668 kilotons in 2014.
75 million tons of herbicides, 530 kilotons of insecticides and 180 kilotons of fungicides.