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Shock and Vibration
Volume 14, Issue 5, Pages 305-320

Ground Shock Attenuation on a Buried Cylindrical Structure by a Barrier

Sylwester Kobielak,1 Theodor Krauthammer,2 and Adam Walczak3

1Institute of Building Engineering, Wrocław 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
3College of Military Engineering, 100 Czajkowskiego Street, 51-150 Wrocław, Poland

Received 18 August 2005; Revised 8 March 2006

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This paper presents results from studies on the influence of an attenuation barrier on soil stresses and pressures acting on a buried silo, caused by underground explosions at different distances from the structure. The attenuation barrier was made of PVC tubes that were placed between the explosive charges and the RC silo structure. Soil stress gages and pressure transducers were used to measure these data in the soil and on the structure, respectively. The influences of several parameters were analyzed for tests with and without an attenuation barrier between the silo and the explosive sources.