Protective Structures

  • Dynamic loading prediction
    • explosion shock loading
    • internal gas pressure loads
    • ballistic impact
    • projectile or missile impact
    • terrorist attack tools and weapons
  • Structural analysis techniques
    • single and multi-degree-of-freedom modeling
    • finite element analysis
    • empirical-based models
    • debris throw predictions
  • Design capabilities
    • civil/structural design
    • facilities safety and survivability planning
    • explosion resistant structures
    • terrorist resistant structures
    • blast doors
    • barriers
    • explosion containment chambers
    • dividing walls

A bum bar test of a magazine door is used to determine resistance to severe thermal attack.



Design of complex last-resistant structures capable of containing the effects of accidental explosions and providing protection for personnel is performed as part of activities in the areas of explosion safety and protective structures research.


For more information on materials and structures, contact Dr. Ben H. Thacker, Mechanical Engineering Division, Southwest Research Institute, P.O. Drawer 28510, San Antonio, Texas 78228-0510, Phone (210) 522-3896, Fax (210) 522-6965.

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