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Dynamic Response of a Rigid Foundation Subjected to a Distance Blast

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Deji Ojetola, Hamid R. Hamidzadeh

Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN

Paper No. IMECE2012-86282, pp. 83-88; 6 pages
  • ASME 2012 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 4: Dynamics, Control and Uncertainty, Parts A and B
  • Houston, Texas, USA, November 9–15, 2012
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4520-2
  • Copyright © 2012 by ASME


Blasts and explosions occur in many activities that are either man-made or nature induced. The effect of the blasts could have a residual or devastating effect on the buildings at some distance within the vicinity of the explosion. In this investigation, an analytical solution for the time response of a rigid foundation subjected to a distant blast is considered. The medium is considered to be an elastic half space. A formal solution to the wave propagations on the medium is obtained by the integral transform method. To achieve numerical results for this case, an effective numerical technique has been developed for calculation of the integrals represented in the inversion of the transformed relations. Time functions for the vertical and radial displacements of the surface of the elastic half space due to a distant blast load are determined. Mathematical procedures for determination of the dynamic response of the surface of an elastic half-space subjected to the blast along with numerical results for displacements of a rigid foundation are provided.

Copyright © 2012 by ASME



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