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Chapter 11

Blast Loading of Tall Buildings

T.A. Rose and P.D. Smith

Formerly Engineering Systems Department, Cranfield University, Defence Academy, Shrivenham, United Kingdom

Full Bibliographic Reference for this chapter
T.A. Rose, P.D. Smith, "Blast Loading of Tall Buildings", in J.W. Bull, (Editor), "Tall Buildings: Design Advances for Construction", Saxe-Coburg Publications, Stirlingshire, UK, Chapter 11, pp 299-318, 2014. doi:10.4203/csets.33.11
Keywords: blast, explosion, pressure, impulse, clearing, glazing, façade, robustness.

Establishment of the blast load exerted on the surface of a tall building is dependent on many important influencing factors. Principal among these is the perceived level of threat. Having established the level of threat, it is essential that the load imparted to the building does not cause collapse. Similarly, the load on the façade material, particularly glazing, should not result in either loss of life or prolonged disruption to the function of the building. This chapter is concerned with the establishment of blast loads on tall buildings from knowledge of the perceived threat and the external building geometry.

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