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Shock and Vibration
Volume 11 (2004), Issue 5-6, Pages 665-684

Dynamic Response of Buried Silo Caused by Underground Explosion

Sylwester Kobielak1 and Theodor Krauthammer2

1Institute of Building Engineering, Wroclaw University of Technology 27 Wybrzeze Wyspianskiego, 50-370 Wroclaw, Poland
2Protective Technology Center, Penn State University 3127 Research Drive, Cato Park, State College, PA 16801, USA

Received 22 August 2003; Revised 16 March 2004

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Experimental results of normal and tangential pressures on a buried silo wall caused by buried charge explosions are presented in the paper. The measured pressures depended on the charge mass, and its burial depth and distance from the silo front. Pressures were measured by sensors attached to the silo wall at different depths along to four diametrically opposite line generators located at the front, rear and two sides. The influence of each parameter is analyzed and discussed.