Cost-effective decision making for blast mitigation

Molly Princehorn, Debra Laefer

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Abstract

Since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States (U.S.), there has been a marked increase in both public and private sector demand for increased blast-mitigation for existing buildings. To adequately address these new performance requirements, a rational and cost-oriented policy is needed to help building managers and owners make fiscally intelligent decisions regarding the retrofitting of existing structures. This paper presents a cost-rationalized approach to blast-mitigation retrofitting decision making, with respect to a building's criticality to the surrounding community. The proposed method addresses current approaches to blast assessment, typical blast-related vulnerabilities (structural and non-structural), and possible solutions for vulnerability mitigation. Special emphasis is given to non-gravity based loadings, post-incident functionality requirements, and transient versus permanent/semi-permanent loading.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages2149-2160
Number of pages12
StatePublished - 2005
Event2005 Structures Congress and the 2005 Forensic Engineering Symposium - Metropolis and Beyond - New York, NY, United States
Duration: Apr 20 2005Apr 24 2005

Other

Other2005 Structures Congress and the 2005 Forensic Engineering Symposium - Metropolis and Beyond
CountryUnited States
CityNew York, NY
Period4/20/054/24/05

Keywords

  • Blast Mitigation
  • Cost Analysis
  • Explosives
  • Structural Retrofitting
  • Terrorism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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    Princehorn, M., & Laefer, D. (2005). Cost-effective decision making for blast mitigation. 2149-2160. Paper presented at 2005 Structures Congress and the 2005 Forensic Engineering Symposium - Metropolis and Beyond, New York, NY, United States.