This publication provides guidance on the design of commercial and public buildings where there is a requirement to provide protection against the effects of explosions caused by the detonation of high explosives.
A philosophy for the design of buildings to reduce the effects of attack is introduced and a design procedure is proposed. The steps in the procedure cover threat assessment, preventive measures, the evaluation of blast overpressure and loads, and the response and adequacy of structural components subjected to blast. The background and basis of each of the steps is explained.
The robustness of buildings and the prevention of disproportionate collapse are discussed in relation to the UK Building Regulations and Codes of Practice, and to technical guidance documents that have been developed by military establishments. Enhancements to structural frames and to non-structural components are proposed, and the inspection of buildings damaged by blast loads is considered.
A comprehensive list of references is provided.