Accession Number:

ADA433005

Title:

Design and Validation of Modular, Reinforced Concrete Bunkers

Descriptive Note:

Conference paper

Corporate Author:

CORPS OF ENGINEERS VICKSBURG MS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2004-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

9.0

Abstract:

The United States Army Corps of Engineers USACE, Engineer Research and Development Center ERDC, has recently completed an experimental development and validation effort focused on the performance of reinforced concrete bunkers for use in Iraq and Afghanistan. The experimental work considered two similar structures a field-improvised design observed to be in use in-theatre, and one developed by ERDC to meet specific warfighter requirements. Three objectives directed the experimental program, and included 1. Comparison of the protection levels provided by the two structures to determine if ERDC modifications enhanced survivability, 2. Evaluation of the effects of a high-yield blast event on the bunkers, and 3. Validation of the ERDC modified bunkers protection levels when exposed to an array of indirect fire threats. Research efforts conducted to achieve these objectives included numeric predictions of bunker performance, field experimentation to validate threat protection levels, and numeric simulations to determine the effects of structural modifications. Results of these research efforts are presented herein.

Subject Categories:

  • Construction Equipment, Materials and Supplies
  • Structural Engineering and Building Technology
  • Explosions

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE