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Shock and Vibration
Volume 6, Issue 4, Pages 169-181

Benchmarks for Submerged Structure Response to Underwater Explosions

Hans U. Mair

Institute for Defense Analyses, Operational Evaluation Division, 1801 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311-1772, USA

Received 12 November 1998; Revised 28 July 1999

Copyright © 1999 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Benchmarks for submerged structure response to underwater explosions (UNDEX) are compiled. Both analytical and empirical benchmarks are presented; each type has advantages and disadvantages for the purposes of model validation, though no methodology for employing these benchmarks in a model validation effort is proposed. Benchmark computations are also referenced as part of this compilation. Finally, extension of this compilation to the UNDEX response of internal equipment and floating structures, and to hydrodynamic/hydraulic ram problems, is proposed.