Scale Effects on the Behavior of Shallow-Buried Structures, and Criteria for Shock Effects on Ground-Supported Equipment
Technical rept. 21 Oct 1983-31 Aug 1985
H AND H CONSULTANTS INC URBANA IL
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Section 1 of this report studies the possible influences of scale size of structure on the response of shallow-buried reinforced concrete structures to nuclear-blast-induced surface overpressures. It is concluded that such effects, if they exist at all, are negligible at scales equal to or greater than one-quarter. At very small scales, the evidence as to the significance of scale effects is inconclusive. In Section 2, detailed consideration is given to the nature of the criteria that should be used in evaluating shock effects on ground-supported equipment. Specific attention is given to the various types of ground-supported equipment that are of importance the environmental factors that affect the shock loading and resistance characteristics of such equipment the mounting motion and damage mechanisms of equipment items and the methods of analysis, testing and design of equipment and its mountings. An effort is made to provide a comprehensive overview of the current state of the art for this very complex subject.
- Structural Engineering and Building Technology