"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.
Baird, Jason, 1955-
Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering
M.S. in Civil Engineering
California. Department of Transportation
Missouri University of Science and Technology
xii, 116 pages
© 2008 Brian Henry Wood, All rights reserved.
Thesis - Open Access
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Buildings -- Blast effects -- Design and construction
Reinforced concrete construction -- Maintenance and repair
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Wood, Brian Henry, "Experimental validation of an integrated FRP and visco-elastic hardening, damping, and wave-modulating system for blast resistance enhancement of RC columns" (2008). Masters Theses. 6837.