An Evaluation of the Separated Bay Concept for a Munition Assembly Complex; An Experimental Investigation of the Department of Energy Building 12- 64 Complex
ARMY ENGINEER WATERWAYS EXPERIMENT STATION VICKSBURG MS STRUCTURES LAB
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The Munition Assembly Complex, Building 12-64, located at Pantex, Tex., uses the separated bay concept to isolate adjacent bays from one another. Tests were conducted by the U.S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station to investigate the possibility of an accidental explosion in one bay causing personnel injury in an adjacent bay, and to collect data that can be used to improve future designs of this type. Tests, simulating an accidental explosion were conducted in a full size donor with a partially completed adjacent acceptor bay, and in a 12-scale donor bay with a complete adjacent acceptor bay, access tunnels, and blast doors. Data from these tests indicate the separated bay concept is a cost efficient way to insure the safety of adjacent bays in case of an accidental explosion.
- Structural Engineering and Building Technology