Title: Blast Simulator project: First tests on reinforced concrete beams
Publisher: Publications Office of the European Union
Publication Year: 2014
JRC N°: JRC94162
ISBN: 978-92-79-45022-8
ISSN: 1831-9424
Other Identifiers: EUR 27051
OP LB-NA-27051-EN-N
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC94162
DOI: 10.2788/598353
Type: EUR - Scientific and Technical Research Reports
Abstract: The Blast Simulator project involves the development of an apparatus able to reproduce the effects of a blast pressure wave on large scale structural components (such as columns, walls, etc.) with the objective to improve their strength in these severe loading situations. After a series of preliminary tests to assess the performance of the blast actuator for what concerns the energy capability, this technical report presents some results related to a test campaign on two full scale structural components, specifically tworeinforced concrete beams.. With appropriate improvements made to the impactor, it has been possible to successfully bring the components to failure. A full suite of test parameters has also been recorded, valuable for guiding the numerical modelling. These experiments validate the potentiality of this kind of equipment to reproduce in a laboratory the effects of a blast explosion on full scale structural elements without using explosives. Further tests with the same experimental setup and with a new testing rig based on a more innovative technology (electrical linear motor) will be conducted in 2015 in the context of BUILTCIP project.
JRC Directorate:Space, Security and Migration

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