Rubble piles created following the collapse of a building in a combat situation can significantly impact mission accomplishment, particularly in the area of movement and maneuver. Rubble characteristics must be known, for example, in order to predict the ability of a vehicle to override the collateral damage from weapon effects in urban areas. Two types of models are developed: a first-order model and a first-principles-based model. In both models, we assume complete rubblization of the building and develop a rubble profile model using the size and composition of the collapsed structure to predict the rubble volume. In both cases, this profile model includes the size of the footprint area surrounding the original building assuming that the rubble is free to expand horizontally as well as the resulting height of such a rubble pile. Empirical data is now needed to verify the predictive capabilities of these models.
W. P. Schonberg and J. Baird and P. N. Worsey and A. Belarbi and R. A. LaBoube and B. Lusk and R. Flanagan and H. Burleson and R. S. Woodley and W. Noll, "Rubble Pile Characterization Model," WIT Transactions on the Built Environment, vol. 87, pp. 23-32, WIT Press, Jan 2006.
The definitive version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.2495/SU060031
9th International Conference on Structures under Shock and Impact (2006: Jul. 3-5; Wessex Institute of Technology, New Forest, England)
Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering
Mining and Nuclear Engineering
Keywords and Phrases
Building Collapse, Rubble Pile
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