Explosion protection

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Structural control with blast-protective curtain wall system.

Explosion protection is meant to protect buildings and other civil engineering objects against internal and external explosions. It was widely believed[1] until recently that a building subject to an explosive attack had a chance to remain standing only if it possessed some extraordinary resistive capacity. This belief rested on the assumption that the blast load was fully beyond our control.

Two approaches to explosion protection[edit | edit source]

1. Prevention. Prevention makes an explosion impossible to occur.
2. Structural control. Structural control will limit structural damage from explosion pressure and flying debris[2].

Other websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Task Committee (1999). Structural Design for Physical Security. ASCE. ISBN 0784404577. 
  2. Draft final reports on World Trade Center