Masters Theses

Abstract

"In today's society, terrorist attacks and accidental explosions pose a major threat to critical infrastructure. Vulnerable to blast loading, structures must be rehabilitated to ensure structural stability and protect human life. The goal of this study is to develop and validate a sandwich composite technology for column retrofitting. The new technology consists of an inner fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) sheet, an outer FRP sheet, and a visco-elastic (VE) layer sandwiched between the two FRP sheets. The inner FRP sheet is wrapped around an existing column for confinement, while the outer FRP sheet is for anchoring of the VE layer into the column supports. The compact, inexpensive, and easy to construct system has been shown effective under seismic loads. In this study, the blast performance of the engineering system is investigated with two main objectives: to field validate the effectiveness of the system for hardening, damping, and wave-modulating (HDM) of a reinforced concrete (RC) column under blast loads, and to validate the performance of coaxial cable crack sensors for dynamic measurements under blast loads"--Abstract, page iii.

Advisor(s)

Chen, Genda

Committee Member(s)

Myers, John
Baird, Jason, 1955-

Department(s)

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Degree Name

M.S. in Civil Engineering

Sponsor(s)

California. Department of Transportation

Publisher

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

Summer 2008

Pagination

xii, 116 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (pages 46-47).

Rights

© 2008 Brian Henry Wood, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

File Type

text

Language

English

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Buildings -- Blast effects -- Design and construction
Fiber-reinforced concrete
Reinforced concrete construction -- Maintenance and repair

Thesis Number

T 9419

Print OCLC #

276947330

Electronic OCLC #

262835128

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