Cost-effective decision making for blast mitigation

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Title: Cost-effective decision making for blast mitigation
Authors: Princehorn, Molly
Laefer, Debra F.
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Date: Apr-2005
Abstract: Since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States (U.S.), there has been a marked increase in both public and private sector demand for increased blast-mitigation for existing buildings. To adequately address these new performance requirements, a rational and cost-oriented policy is needed to help building managers and owners make fiscally intelligent decisions regarding the retrofitting of existing structures. This paper presents a cost-rationalized approach to blast-mitigation retrofitting decision making, with respect to a building’s criticality to the surrounding community. The proposed method addresses current approaches to blast assessment, typical blast-related vulnerabilities (structural and non-structural), and possible solutions for vulnerability mitigation. Special emphasis is given to non-gravity based loadings, post-incident functionality requirements, and transient versus permanent/semi-permanent loading.
Funding Details: Not applicable
Type of material: Conference Publication
Publisher: American Society of Civil Engineers
Copyright (published version): 2005 American Society of Civil Engineers
Keywords: Blast mitigationExplosivesStructural retrofittingTerrorismCost analysis
Subject LCSH: Buildings--Blast effects
Building, Bombproof--Cost effectiveness
Buildings--Repair and reconstruction--Cost effectiveness
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Is part of: American Society of Civil Engineers. Metropolis & Beyond 2005 : Proceedings of the 2005 Structures Congress and the 2005 Forensic Engineering Symposium, April 20.24, 2005, New York
Conference Details: Metropolis and Beyond 2005, the 2005 Structures Congress and the 2005 Forensic Engineering Symposium, April 20.24, 2005, New York
Appears in Collections:Urban Institute Ireland Research Collection
Critical Infrastructure Group Research Collection
Civil Engineering Research Collection

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