Accession Number : ADP005308

Title :   Effectiveness of TM 5-1300 Cubicles Added to Existing Buildings,

Corporate Author : ARMY ENGINEER DIV HUNTSVILLE AL

Personal Author(s) : Lahoud,Paul M.

Report Date : AUG 1986

Pagination or Media Count : 38

Abstract : On 1 April 1985 at approximately 8:20 a.m., an accidental explosion occurred at Milan Army Ammunition Plant (MAAP), Building A-2 of Line A. The source of the event was a feed hopper serving a grenade pressing operation. It was estimated that the feed hopper contained approximately 18 pounds of Composition A5. The pressing operation was located in a reinforced concrete cubicle located on the east side of the building. The incident caused the blowout failure of the frangible exterior wall of the adjacent service ramp, as well as the failure of a large area of the cement asbestos roofing over the main area of the building behind the cubicle. There was no significant structural damage to the building framing or the press cubicle. There were 45 operating personnel in the building at the time of the incident and only two minor injuries occurred, neither requiring hospitalization. Repairs of the building were completed by July 1985. This paper discusses the evaluation of the blast within the building and also the effects of the blast on the operating personnel.

Descriptors :   *BUILDINGS, *EXPLOSION EFFECTS, *INDUSTRIAL MEDICINE, WALLS, REINFORCED CONCRETE, BLOWOUTS, FAILURE, ROOFS, STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS, INDUSTRIAL PERSONNEL, WOUNDS AND INJURIES, DAMAGE ASSESSMENT, SYMPOSIA

Subject Categories : Structural Engineering and Building Technology
      Explosions
      Environmental Health and Safety
      Weapons Effects(biological)

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE