Blast and Penetration Resistant Tactical Shelters
Final rept. 1 Jun 1978-31 May 1979
CINCINNATI UNIV OH DEPT OF ENGINEERINGSCIENCE
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The objective of the research was to investigate the Air Forces tactical shelter designs and determine the extent to which blast and penetration resistance could be incorporated into the design. This was to be done within existing weight, cost and other constraints specified in the relevant Military Specifications. The standard 8x8x13 ft rectangular parallel piped, although the work here is applicable to the 8x8x20 ft shelter. This shelter must be capable of efficient transport by plane, ship, helicopter, rail, or truck without damage to the structure. An objective of this study was to design a material for the shelter that would be capable of withstanding small arms fire. It was determined that protection could not be guaranteed against 7.62 mm ball rounds with the weight constraints imposed. To accomplish this one would need a structure equivalent to an armored personnel carrier. It should be pointed out that protection against 7.62 mm ball can be provided using kevlar composites, but the weight of the shelter must be substantially, but not excessively, increased. Keywords Blast resistant shelters.
- Structural Engineering and Building Technology