Explosive Tests on Reinforced Concrete Walls at Camp Shelby, Mississippi
ARMY ENGINEER WATERWAYS EXPERIMENT STATION VICKSBURG MS STRUCTURES LAB
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An existing 18-in.-thick reinforced concrete wall was tested using close-in detonations of cased and bare explosive charges. The objectives of the tests were to gather data on the loading of the wall and to determine the difference in wall response between cased and bare charges. Both composition C-4 and TNT explosives were used in the tests. As expected, the results showed the C-4 to be more energetic than the TNT and the cased charges to be more damaging than the bare ones. The failure mode for this particular wall was one of interior spalling followed by direct shear near the supports.
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