Walls of Defense

by Donald O. Dusenberry, P.E., Principal-Head of the Lab; Simpson Gumpertz and Heger Inc., 297 Broadway, Arlington, MA 02174-5310,


Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1998, Vol. 68, Issue 3, Pg. 70-72


Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: During a bomb blast, most physical damage and injury occurs when exterior walls fail to protect building occupants. Exterior walls designed to withstand exterior blasts and to break away for interior blasts, and curtain wall connection details can mean the difference between life and death.

Subject Headings: Design | Blast loads | Blasting | Curtain walls | Connections | Structural safety

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