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Portland Cement Association offers blast resistant design guide for reinforced concrete structures

Portland Cement Association offers blast resistant design guide for reinforced concrete structures


August 11, 2010

For decades, blast-resistant design was applied almost exclusively to military facilities.  However tragedies such as the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing and the September 11 attacks have spread concern for blast resistance to other sectors.

Developed for designers and engineers, "Blast Resistant Design Guide for Reinforced Concrete Structures" provides a practical treatment of the design of cast-in-place reinforced concrete structures to resist the effects of blast loads.  It explains the principles of blast-resistant design, and how to determine the kind and degree of resistance a structure needs as well as how to specify the required materials and details.

In addition, the manual describes both General Services Administration (GSA) and Department of Defense (DOD) design provisions developed for design against progressive collapse.  The manual contains detailed examples that illustrate the design process.

For more information on the publication, visit the PCA Bookstore at http://www.cement.org/bookstore/profile.asp?store=main&pagenum=1&pos=1&catID=2&id=16945.  Orders can also be placed by calling (800) 868-6733.

About PCA
Based in Skokie, Ill., the Portland Cement Association represents cement companies in the United States and Canada. It conducts market development, engineering, research, education, and public affairs programs. More information on PCA programs is available at www.cement.org.

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