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Impact and Blast Analysis

Protective Design for Tornado Impact and Blast

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Photo by Clint Spencer/iStock / Getty Images
Photo by Sandia National Laboratories/DigitalVision / Getty Images
Photo by Sandia National Laboratories/DigitalVision / Getty Images

Steel and concrete has been widely used in the design and construction of protective structures to resist impact and explosive loads. Potential missiles/projectiles include kinetic munitions, vehicle and aircraft crashes, fragments generated by military and terrorist bombing, fragments generated by accidental explosions and other events (e.g., failure of a pressurized vessel, failure of a turbine blade or other high-speed rotating machines), flying objects due to natural forces (tornados, volcanos, meteoroids), etc. These projectiles vary in their shapes and sizes, impact velocities, rigidities, and impact angle, and produce a wide spectrum of damage to the target. The engNoveX team has extensive experience in the analysis and design of different types of shielding structures and barrier systems designed using state-of-the-art finite element methods as well as well-known empirical techniques.