Experimental and Numerical Investigation of Blast Wave Interaction with a Three Level Building

Jacques Massoni, Laurent Biamino, Georges Jourdan, Ozer Igra, Lazhar Houas

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The present work shows that weak blast waves that are considered as being harmless can turn to become fatal upon their reflections from walls and corners inside a building. In the experimental part, weak blast waves were generated by using an open-end shock tube. A three level building model was placed in vicinity to the open-end of the used shock tube. The evolved wave pattern inside the building rooms was recorded by a sequence of schlieren photographs; also pressure histories were recorded on the rooms' walls. In addition, numerical simulations of the evolved flow field inside the building were conducted. The good agreement obtained between numerical and experimental results shows the potential of the used code for identifying safe and dangerous places inside the building rooms penetrated by the weak blast wave.

Original languageEnglish
Article number111106
JournalJournal of Fluids Engineering, Transactions of the ASME
Issue number11
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2017


  • blast enhancement
  • blast reflections
  • blast waves
  • human damages

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering


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