Design of Masonry Walls for Blast Loading

by K. E. McKee,
E. Sevin,

Serial Information: Journal of the Structural Division, 1958, Vol. 84, Issue 1, Pg. 1-18

Document Type: Journal Paper


The arching action theory of masonry walls presented in a previous paper is applied to the problem of blast resistant design. Based on this theory, an equation of motion is developed for a masonry beam of solid cross-section restrained by essentially rigid supports. This equation is solved for a simplified but realistic form of blast loading. The results obtained permit either the design of a wall for a given loading or the determination of the maximum loading which a given wall can withstand. The theory is extended by an approximate method to wall panels supported on four sides. Comparison is made with test data for walls subjected to full scale atomic and high explosive blasts.

Subject Headings: Maximum loads | Masonry | Walls | Blasting effects | Load factors | Equations of motion | Beams | Cross sections

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