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Dealing with blast loading on brickwork

Haynes, BJ and Beg, MF 2007, 'Dealing with blast loading on brickwork' , The Structural Engineer, 85 (19) , pp. 35-42.

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    Abstract

    Much effort is being deployed in maintaining electricity generation from the UK's fleet of nuclear power stations with safety being a prime consideration. Up-to-date safety standards demand resistance to hazards which normally include seismic and blast loading, yet many stations were built before such considerations became mandatory. To extend the generating life of older nuclear power stations, a demonstration of conformity to modern safety standards is now required. This paper will discuss the structural problems associated with assessing and strengthening masonry panels subjected to blast loadings as generated by a postulated accident of hot gas release from fracture of a reactor pressure vessels cooling circuit. The paper will provide background on masonry strength and assessment techniques, including the use of dynamic amplification which permits static design principles to be used under dynamic loading conditions. An account of the strengthening options and the problems associated with their implementation will be presented.

    Item Type: Article
    Themes: Subjects / Themes > T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General) > TA401 Materials of engineering and construction. Mechanics of materials
    Built and Human Environment
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology
    Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of Computing, Science and Engineering
    Journal or Publication Title: The Structural Engineer
    Publisher: The Institution of Structural Engineers
    Refereed: Yes
    ISSN: 1466-5123
    Depositing User: BJ Haynes
    Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2010 11:29
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 17:33
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/10966

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