Comparison of US Blast Design Guidance Documents
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE EXPLOSIVES SAFETY BOARD ALEXANDRIA VA
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For many years, the US Department of Defense has maintained two primary blast design manuals, UFC 3-340-01 formerly Army TM 5-855-1Air Force AFPAM 32-1147INavy NAVFAC P-1080DSWA DAHSCWEMAN-97, Design and Analysis of Hardened Structures to Conventional Weapons Effects and UFC 3-340-02 formerly Army TM 5-1300Navy NAVFAC P-397Air Force AFR 88-22, Structures to Resist the Effects of Accidental Explosives. More recently, the American Society of Civil Engineers has established a technical committee to develop a new blast design standard for antiterrorism applications, based largely upon criteria and guidance issued by the US Army Corps of Engineers Protective Design Center. In this paper, we will investigate the scope and application of these blast guidance documents. Particular attention will be paid to each manuals performance and design objectives as implemented through their respective protection categories and resulting structural design requirements.
- Safety Engineering
- Structural Engineering and Building Technology
- Ammunition and Explosives