Concrete Structures Under Blast Loading Dynamic Response, Damage, and Residual Strength

  • Jakob (Jaap) Weerheijm
  • Ans Van Doormaal
  • Jesus Media Villa
Part of the NATO Science for Peace and Security Series Series C: Environmental Security book series (NAPSC)


The resilience of a city confronted with a terrorist bomb attack is the background of the paper. The resilience strongly depends on vital infrastructure and the physical protection of people. To judge the vulnerability, to assess the resilience, and identify effective countermeasures, risk assessment tools are needed. The paper starts with a general problem analysis and the approach that was defined by TNO to contribute to develop safety assessment tools. An important and basic element in the safety chain is the passive protection layer, while in safety assessment, the residual functionality of the vital infrastructure is of major importance. Specific knowledge is needed to design effecttive passive protection and enable explosion damage prediction. Dedicated research has been defined in The Netherlands and addressed in this paper.


civil infrastructure explosions terrorist attack damage assessment concrete 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jakob (Jaap) Weerheijm
    • 1
    • 2
  • Ans Van Doormaal
    • 1
  • Jesus Media Villa
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Explosions, Ballistics and ProtectionTNO Defence Security and SafetyAA RijswijkThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Computation MechanicsDelft University of TechnologyThe Netherlands

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