AISC releases Design Guide on Blast Resistant Structures

The publication provides guidance for the design of blast resistant structures and progressive collapse mitigation.

July 09, 2013 |
Design professionals now have a valuable new resource on blast resistant structures with AISC Design Guide No. 26, Design of Blast Resistant Structures, co-authored by Ramon Gilsanz of Gilsanz Murray Steficek LLP, Ronald Hamburger of Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, Inc., Darrell Barker of ABS Consulting, Joseph L. Smith of Applied Research Associates, Inc., and Ahmad Rahimian of WSP Cantor Seinuk. The publication provides guidance for the design of blast resistant structures and progressive collapse mitigation and is available in hard copy or as a PDF download at
The purpose of this guide is to disseminate knowledge of blast resistance and progressive collapse mitigation to the structural engineering community, presenting basic theory with design examples so engineers can achieve simple and effective designs," said Gilsanz, lead author of Design Guide No. 26.
The Design Guide explores an approach that will help a structural engineer to effectively interact with a security or blast consultant. Background information and some basic principles are reviewed, as well as the presentation of design examples.
The major topics covered in this guide are: blast loading, design criteria for buildings and where to find it, structural response to blast loads, blast resistant design and analysis, and resistance to progressive collapse.
Design Guide No. 26 is available as a free PDF download to AISC members and at a price of $60 for non-members (visit to download Design Guide No. 26 and all AISC Design Guides electronically). The printed copy is available at or by calling 800.644.2400 (product code: AISC 826-13); the cost for the printed copy is $40 for AISC members and $80 for non-members.
About the American Institute of Steel Construction
The American Institute of Steel Construction, headquartered in Chicago, is a not-for-profit technical institute and trade association established in 1921 to serve the structural steel design community and construction industry. AISC's mission is to make structural steel the material of choice by being the leader in structural steel-related technical and market-building activities, including: specification and code development, research, education, technical assistance, quality certification, standardization, and market development. AISC has a long tradition of service to the steel construction industry of providing timely and reliable information.
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