Blast Mitigation Research and Technology Transfer

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by Douglas A. Sunshine,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Structures 2001: A Structural Engineering Odyssey

Abstract: Terrorists continue to use bombs as a weapon of choice. Recent bombings targeted against the United States, such as the World Trade Center, Murrah Federal Building, Khobar Towers, and the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania has led to a government sponsored research program to develop technology to reduce injuries and deaths to people in buildings through blast mitigation techniques. The research program is sponsored by the Technical Support Working Group (TSWG). The TSWG is an interagency body that develops technology for use in the battle against terrorism. Although the blast mitigation research is conducted primarily for government use, organizations outside the government have shown interest in the technology being developed. While contractors who work on government projects may require results of the research, some commercial enterprises are also considering blast mitigation in their facilities. Although some of the information developed in the program will remain protected, the intent is to release as much information as possible to engineers who have the requirement to do blast design.

Subject Headings: Blasting effects | Government buildings | Terrorism | Information management | Explosions | Developing countries | Government | Weapons | Africa | North America | Kenya | Tanzania | United States

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