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Experimental study on masonry infill walls under blast loading

Pereira, João M.; Campos, José; Lourenço, Paulo B.
Fonte: Universidade do Minho Publicador: Universidade do Minho
Tipo: Conferência ou Objeto de Conferência
Publicado em /07/2014 ENG
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27.85%
The vulnerability of the masonry envelop under blast loading is considered critical due to the risk of loss of lives. The dynamic behaviour of masonry infill walls subjected to dynamic out-of-plane loading was experimentally investigated in this work. Confined underwater blast wave generators (WBWG) allows applying an extremely high rate conversion of the explosive detonation energy into the kinetic energy of a thick water confinement, which, in turn, allows a surface area distribution avoiding the generation of high velocity fragments and reducing atmospheric sound wave. In the present study water plastic containers, having in its centre a detonator inside a cylindrical explosive charge, were used. Tests were performed in unreinforced walls with 1.7 by 3.5 m, which are 1:1.5 scaled. Besides the usage of pressure and displacement transducers, pictures were recorded with high-speed video cameras to process the deflections and identify failure modes.

Masonry infill walls under blast loading using confined underwater blast wave generators (WBWG)

Pereira, João M.; Campos, José; Lourenço, Paulo B.
Fonte: Universidade do Minho Publicador: Universidade do Minho
Tipo: Conferência ou Objeto de Conferência
Publicado em /06/2014 ENG
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The vulnerability of the masonry envelop under blast loading is considered critical due to the risk of loss of lives. The dynamic behaviour of masonry infill walls subjected to dynamic out-of-plane loading was experimentally investigated in this work. Using confined underwater blast wave generators (WBWG), applying the extremely high rate conversion of the explosive detonation energy into the kinetic energy of a thick water confinement, allowed a surface area distribution avoiding also the generation of high velocity fragments and reducing atmospheric sound wave. In the present study water plastic containers, having in its centre a detonator inside a cylindrical explosive charge, were used. Studies were performed in both unreinforced and reinforced walls with 1.7 by 3.5 meters. Bed joint reinforcement and grid reinforcement were used to strengthen the infill walls. Besides the usage of pressure and displacement transducers, pictures with high-speed video cameras were recorded to enable processing of the deflections and identification of failure modes. Two different strengthening solutions were studied under blast loading and the results are presented and compared.

Security evaluation and design of structures subjected to blast loading

Pereira, João Miguel
Fonte: Universidade do Minho Publicador: Universidade do Minho
Tipo: Tese de Doutorado
Publicado em 27/06/2014 ENG
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Tese de doutoramento em Engenharia Civil; The work presented in this thesis was developed at the Department of Civil Engineering of University of Minho. This work involves experimental and numerical campaigns and intends to give a contribution for a better understanding of the effect of explosions. Blast loading is a subject of much actuality and considerable lack of expertise. Europe has never been so rich and safe, where the violent years of the first half of the 20th century lead to an unprecedented period of peace and stability. Despite the terrorist decades, e.g. connected to ETA and IRA in Europe, the attacks of Madrid (2004), London (2005) and worldwide (New York, Oklahoma, Mumbai) had a major psychological effect in the societies. Clearly, the understanding about the effect of blast loading in structures and their subsystems saves lives and reduces damage in buildings. The Buncefield explosion (2005) resulted in tremendous damage to the outlying area and huge fires involving 23 large oil fuel tanks. Experimental and finite element analyses are carried out for the static and dynamic response of lightweight metal boxes that are similar to the steel junction boxes on the site of this explosion. During the Buncefield Explosion Mechanism Phase I research...

Blast loading of masonry infills: testing and simulation

Pereira, João Miguel; Campos, José; Lourenço, Paulo B.
Fonte: Universidade do Minho Publicador: Universidade do Minho
Tipo: Conferência ou Objeto de Conferência
Publicado em /03/2015 ENG
Relevância na Pesquisa
28.26%
This work intends to present a newly developed test setup for dynamic out-of-plane loading using underWater Blast Wave Generators (WBWG) as loading source. Underwater blasting operations have been, during the last decades, subject of research and development of maritime blasting operations (including torpedo studies), aquarium tests for the measurement of blasting energy of industrial explosives and confined underwater blast wave generators. WBWG allow a wide range for the produced blast impulse and surface area distribution. It also avoids the generation of high velocity fragments and reduces atmospheric sound wave. A first objective of this work is to study the behavior of masonry infill walls subjected to blast loading. Three different masonry walls are to be studied, namely unreinforced masonry infill walls and two different reinforcement solutions. These solutions have been studied previously for seismic action mitigation. Subsequently, the walls will be simulated using an explicit finite element code for validation and parametric studies. Finally, a tool to help designers to make informed decisions on the use of infills under blast loading will be presented.