Almost any building can withstand a certain level of short-term pressure, even if it has not been designed for it. However, for severe explosions, a “custom design” of construction is necessary, in accordance
with the requirements of the applicable standard.
The response of the structure is almost always in plastic regime. The essential thing is the structural capacity to absorb energy, maintaining the load and deforming, that is to say the same philosophy as in anti-seismic design based on ductility.
Part one: THE ACTION
Part two: THE DESIGN
Characteristics of explosions
Shock waves. Equivalent TNT load
Wave model and pressures
Response of the structure
Codes and standards
About the author
Civil Engineer, Phd.
Chief Technical Engineer Steel Structures en SENER Ingeniería y Sistemas. Chief Technical Engineer Steel Structures in SENER Ingeniería y Sistemas. Lecturer and author of the book Naves Industriales con Acero and several articles. He has an outstanding track record as a professor at the Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros de Caminos, Canales y Puentes de la Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC).
Director of the Global Master’s in Structural Projects at Zigurat Global Institute of Technology.