Short description

Steel structures and components can provide ideal systems for blast resistance, yet this potential has not been adequately utilised due to lack of appropriate investigations. This project aims to develop fundamental design guidance for blast resistant steel structures, with emphasis on procedures suitable for typical industrial buildings. The work will involve realistic blast tests on key non-structural and structural assemblages, coupled with complementary dynamic material characterisation, nonlinear analyses and comparative quasi-static tests. Findings from the experimental and numerical studies will be used, in conjunction with appropriately assessed loading scenarios and carefully selected structural configurations, to offer reliable performance-based design procedures.

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