Explosion Standoff Distances
Marvin Liebler, PE
This course provides a background on explosive materials and their reduction to equivalent pounds of TNT. The major blast parameters, namely initial overpressure and duration are then calculated. This data is then used to figure displacement of an SDOF (Single Degree of Freedom) system, used three different models. A concrete beam example provides insight and clarification of the material covered.
This course includes
a multiple choice quiz at the end,
is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.
which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.
At the conclusion of this course, the student will:
Architects and engineers concerned with layout of new buildings and grounds, and revision of existing buildings and grounds to meet explosive threats.
Benefit to Attendees
The student will have a basic understanding of explosive behavior as a start towards reading the available literature and design.
This course provides the nature of explosions, models for overpressure behavior, and two distinctly different mathematical methods of solutions. a practical example ties these concepts together.
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The course provides three models (impulse, triangular, and friedlander) for overpressure, with two different types of solutions for each. A practical , in depth, example concludes the text.