Underground Structures Subject to Air Overpressure

by Ernest T. Selig,
Keith E. McKee,
Eben Vey,

Serial Information: Journal of the Engineering Mechanics Division, 1960, Vol. 86, Issue 4, Pg. 87-104

Document Type: Journal Paper


An analytical procedure is presented for determining the damage to underground structures induced by pseudo-steady state air overpressure. By introducing appropriate assumptions from the fields of soil mechanics and structural dynamics, it is possible to derive analytical expressions that relate the parameters of the structure, the soil, and the loading as they affect the failure of the structure. The assumptions are stated and the derivation of the analytical procedure is presented. A separate section is devoted to the application of the procedure for the cases of analysis of the vulnerability of an underground structure and the design of an underground structure for any desired level of protection.

Subject Headings: Underground structures | Soil dynamics | Soil analysis | Dynamic structural analysis | Soil structures | Failure analysis | Damage (structural) | Structural mechanics

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