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An Approach to Designing Blast Containment Chambers for Structural Fatigue

ABS Group Advanced Engineering Division

An Approach to Designing Blast Containment Chambers for Structural Fatigue

Image shows calculation of internal pressure in a blast containment chamber using LS-DYNA's Arbitrary Lagrangian Eulerian (ALE) capability.

Blast containment chambers used for the research, development and manufacturing have a number of advantages over open-air explosion testing. The chambers can be sited on relatively small sites compared to the large, typically remote sites required for open-air explosions. Their control over explosive effects can be incorporated into a standardized manufacturing process. They also allow the possibility of containing explosive products and consequently reducing their environmental impact. 

In this paper, the Advanced Engineering division discusses approaches to designing blast containment chambers for fatigue based on our analytical, design and testing experience.

Complete the form below to access the full paper, "Fatigue Design for Blast Containment Chambers," which was presented at the 2017 International Symposium on the Interaction of the Effects of Munitions with Structures (ISIEMS) in Bad Neuenahr, Germany.


About ABS Group

The Extreme Loads and Structural Risk division provides specialized services to evaluate explosion and thermal hazards for the Oil, Gas and Chemical sector and Government clients. ABS Group evaluates explosives operations for compliance with the U.S. Department of Defense explosive safety standards and industry best practices. Our engineering staff quantifies and develops measures to manage risks associated with ammunition and explosives by providing protection criteria and design solutions to minimize serious injury, loss of life, damage to property and loss of mission. Learn more about our services for Natural Hazards Risk Management, Explosion and Thermal Hazards and Facility Siting.

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