WIT Press


Steel Structures Optimization To Resist Underwater Shockwaves - Explosive Charges Optimization

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/SU040121

Volume

73

Pages

8

Published

2004

Size

307 kb

Author(s)

A. de A. Motta & N.F.F. Ebecken

Abstract

Steel structures are largely used in critical applications – such as in aerospace, marine and oil industries. Failure of these structures can often be catastrophic and the resulting damages can be not only very costly, but irreversible to the environment. Shockwaves produced by underwater explosions can cause these effects over offshore platforms, ships, and dams, with the imaginable devastating results. Underwater explosions can be accidental or intentional. Powerful explosives and even armament are currently available in the black market to anyone willing to spend the right amount of money. There is, therefore, a need to better understand the dynamic response of such structures when subjected to shockwaves caused by underwater explosions, so that this knowledg

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