Blast Effects on Buildings showcases the latest practical guidance on designing buildings to optimise their resilience to blast loading. Focused specifically on the design of commercial buildings, it is an indispensable guide to help engineers reduce the risks posed to building occupants and businesses from terrorist attacks and other explosions.
This new third edition has been fully updated and expanded to reflect the significant developments which have occurred in the field of blast engineering. Combining coverage of design standards, codes and materials with a detailed appreciation of the needs and demands of the designer, this book offers the engineer with a single and comprehensive source of reference for all the main elements of blast engineering design in modern practice. It remains one of the only sources of published guidance on the design of vehicle security barriers, and provides an accessible, essential guide to designing structures and façades against blast loading.
This title provides the reader with
- the latest design guidance for blast engineering and protective design
- new sections on designing for groundshock and underwater explosions
- details of the latest developments relating to CFD codes
- multiple updated and improved worked examples for transferring theory into practice.
This book is necessary reading for specialist blast engineers, structural engineers, military engineers, analysts, local authorities and government agencies.
This edition is a fine update of a well-known, authoritative introduction to engineering buildings to resist blast effects. Notable is its coverage of underwater explosions and response of concrete-steel sandwich panels, subjects not normally found in comparable books. In addition to providing several empirical approaches for blast pressure determination, this edition also includes a useful introduction to sophisticated computational fluid dynamics for blast effects analyses. Further, the coverage of critical glazing design is much more advanced than is found in comparable books. I recommend this book as a comprehensive introduction to blast resistant design.
Donald O. Dusenberry, Consulting Principal at Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
The first two editions of “Blast Effects on Buildings” seamlessly complemented the ASCE publications “Blast Protection of Buildings” and “Structural Design for Physical Security” with practical applications of protective design methods to practical design scenarios. I was therefore pleased to see the recently published third edition expand upon the excellent guidance and commentary for several important topics. Among these topics are much needed guidance on the limitations of simplified Single Degree of Freedom methods for blast analysis and a discussion of near field response. Additional information is provided for steelwork and concrete reinforcement detailing, glass resistance functions and façade framing design. Additional guidance is provided for both tie force and alternate load path methods to prevent disproportional collapse and information is provided to mitigate hostile vehicle impact. This third edition very concisely represents the current state of the practice. Since ASCE will soon offer new editions to both their publications on blast resistant protective design, it is only fitting that “Blast Effects on Buildings” was similarly updated.
Robert Smilowitz, PhD, P.E., Senior Principal, Thornton Tomasetti, Inc.