Improved Design Procedure for Shallow-Buried Structures to Resist Airblast Loading

by Paul M. LaHoud, US Army Corps of Engineers, Huntsville, AL, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Dynamics of Structures


Both conventional and nuclear weapons generate airblast loads of sufficient magnitude that structure survival at acceptable cost favors below grade construction. The design of shallow-buried underground rectangular structures has evolved from simplified analytical procedures which ignore the beneficial effects of soil-structure interaction. This paper presents design procedures based on recent research which results in much more economical structures.

Subject Headings: Load factors | Underground structures | Load and resistance factor design | Underground construction | Construction equipment | Military engineering | Soil structures | Soil-structure interaction

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