Precast Roofs for Blast Shelters

by S. B. Garner, USAE/WES, Vicksburg, MS, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Dynamic Response of Structures


A shallow-buried reinforced concrete blast shelter has been constructed and dynamically tested at the U. S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station (WES). Three thicknesses of precast roof panels were designed for the shelter. One-quarter-scale models were constructed and dynamically tested using a 16-kt, 50-psi simulation. The structure was instrumented to determine pressures across the roof, roof deflection, and roof and floor accelerations. Deflections in all tests were small (less than L/40). Nonuniform loadings due to soil arching were observed in all three tests with the greatest reduction in loading occurring in the most flexible panels.

Subject Headings: Load tests | Roofs | Blasting effects | Protective structures | Dynamic tests | Panels (structural) | Soil stabilization | Foundation design

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