Accession Number : ADP000461

Title :   Structural Damage to Building Frames from Accidental or Terrorist Explosions,

Corporate Author : SOUTHWEST RESEARCH INST SAN ANTONIO TX

Personal Author(s) : Morris,Bruce L.

Report Date : AUG 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 27

Abstract : The response of structural building frames to blast loadings is of great interest to military attack planners, to safety-oriented personnel, and to persons required to prevent or lesson terrorist attack damage. This paper investigates the response of a number of structural steel or reinforced concrete columns to accidental or terrorist explosions by designing the columns for an assumed 'typical' office or hotel structure, determining the mid-height lateral deflection of the column which will lead to its subsequent collapse under the applied building loads, and then determining the blast pressures and impulses necessary to produce this critical mid-height deflection.

Descriptors :   *Explosives, *Safety, *Symposia, *Conferencing(Communications), *Terrorism, Computations, Explosions, Buildings, Damage, Detonations, Facilities, Strain(Mechanics), TNT, Tables(Data), Steel, Recording systems, Factor analysis, Experimental design

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE