WIT Press


Structural Response To A Train Of Blast Pulses

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/SU000021

Volume

48

Pages

12

Published

2000

Size

1,002 kb

Author(s)

C.L. Owen & A.J. Watson

Abstract

Air blast acting on structures in the real world rarely takes the idealised form of instantaneous pressure rise followed by smooth exponential decay. Reducing a composite load history to a simple equivalent pulse in calculations to determine damage risks overlooking additional damage that may result as a coincidence of repetitive blast pulses with the dynamic behaviour of the structure. This paper describes the response of a model structure to a train of explosively generated pressure pulses. Air-blast frequency content is analysed by means of Fourier transformation and related to structural response as a possible complement to existing methods. Correlation is sought between blast energy spectral density and structural response. Results indicate that whilst the model structure accumulated energy when successive blast pulses were in phase wit

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