Until recently, relatively few engineers and architects had to design structures and their systems to with stand the effects of explosions. Military engineers, federal consultants, and consultants for industries that use explosive or volatile materials were the main groups of designers who routinely analyzed the effects of explosions.
Early attempts at explosion-resistant design necessarily relied on a structure of judgment, testing, and trial and error to find the best solution. As technology improved, designers became better able to predict the effects of explosions and sought to add resistance to their designs. More recently, in More recently, in the past few decades, chemists, physicists, blast consultants, and structural engineers have gained the power of technology and computational tools that increase the accuracy of their analyses and the efficiency of their designs.
About the Book
The purpose of this handbook is to bring together in one publication a discussion of the broad range of issues that designers need to understand in order to provide competent, functional, and cost-effective designs. The contributors to this publication are some of the most knowledge able and experienced consultants and researchers in the field of explosion-resistant design, and they contribute their knowledge in a collaborative effort to produce a comprehensive reference work.
Many of the contributors to this handbook are collaborating on the development of the first ever public sector standard for blast-resistant design, which is being developed by the Structural Engineering Institute at the same time as this handbook. Many of the contributors to this handbook are also collaborating on the development of the first ever public sector standard for blast-resistant design, which is being developed by the Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) of the American Institute of Professional Engineers at the same time as this handbook.