Blast Resistance

  • Over-pressure design methodology for these structures is based upon Army manual TM5-1300 and ASCE “Design of Blast Resistant Buildings in Petrochemical Facilities.”  In conjunction with this team’s structural engineering capabilities, our design philosophy is to design a structure having enough strength and ductility for the potential blast loading and response criteria determined by the Client’s risk assessment.    By accounting for the time-dependent dynamic loading of the building, structural members are designed to allow for ‘plastic’ behavior while forces are directed away from supports and connections in such a manner they may fully develop the flexural capacity of the element.  Structural connection detailing techniques are very similar to those used in high seismic zones for those lateral forces, and are developed to provide the strength and ductility required to meet / overcome the forces of the event.
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