Structural Damage to Building Frames from Accidental or Terrorist Explosions,
SOUTHWEST RESEARCH INST SAN ANTONIO TX
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The response of structural building frames to blast loadings is of great interest to military attack planners, to safety-oriented personnel, and to persons required to prevent or lesson terrorist attack damage. This paper investigates the response of a number of structural steel or reinforced concrete columns to accidental or terrorist explosions by designing the columns for an assumed typical office or hotel structure, determining the mid-height lateral deflection of the column which will lead to its subsequent collapse under the applied building loads, and then determining the blast pressures and impulses necessary to produce this critical mid-height deflection.