Full-scale field tests of concrete slabs subjected to blast loads

András Schenker, Ido Anteby, Erez Gal, Yosef Kivity, Eyal Nizri, Oren Sadot, Ron Michaelis, Oran Levintant, Gabi Ben-Dor

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This paper describes full-scale field explosion tests on protected and unprotected concrete slabs. The experiments were performed by the Protective Technologies Research & Development Center of the Faculty of Engineering Sciences of the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU-PTR&DC) under a contract with the Israeli Ministry of Defense (MoD) and the supervision of the IDF Steering Committee for R&D of Protective Structures. The aims of the tests were to: (1) extract data on the dynamic response of an elementary concrete structure to blast loads in order to verify and validate (V&V) our corresponding computer codes; and (2) check the ability of aluminum foams to mitigate blast wave loads. Time-dependent measurements of the response of the concrete slabs to the blast wave loads were successfully recorded using a variety of measurement devices. The obtained data have been used to verify and validate our computer codes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)184-198
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Impact Engineering
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2008


  • Field blast test
  • Finite element analysis
  • Impact
  • Reinforced concrete
  • Verification and validation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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