Accession Number : ADP004866

Title :   Structural Design for Blast-Containment Facilities,

Corporate Author : ARMY ENGINEER WATERWAYS EXPERIMENT STATION VICKSBURG MS

Personal Author(s) : Baylot,J. T. ; Kiger,S. A. ; Ball,J. W.

Report Date : AUG 1984

Pagination or Media Count : 20

Abstract : A 1/4-scale structural model was designed to represent a maintenance bay in a large munitions storage complex. Following construction, the model structure was tested by detonating a high explosive inside it, simulating the accident detonation of a stored weapon. Two tests were conducted on the model. The model survived the first test with only minor structural damage. Before the second test, the inside of the maintenance bay model was coated with a sealant which was least partially combustible. The burning of this combustible material produced a significant increase in the quasistatic gas pressure inside the maintenance bay and caused structural failure in the second test. These data indicate that the structural design used in this test is adequate to contain an accidental explosion. However, an added factor of safety could be obtained by strengthening the corner reinforcement detail where the maintenance bay roof connects to the walls. (Author)

Descriptors :   *BLAST RESISTANT SHELTERS, *STRUCTURAL RESPONSE, *MODELS, *DETONATIONS, *HIGH EXPLOSIVES, CONTAINMENT(GENERAL), REINFORCEMENT(STRUCTURES), SAFETY

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE