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Shock and Vibration
Volume 15 (2008), Issue 2, Pages 137-146

Modeling Blast Loading on Buried Reinforced Concrete Structures with Zapotec

Greg C. Bessette

Sandia National Laboratories, P.O. Box 5800, Albuquerque, NM 87185-0378, USA

Received 18 January 2005; Revised 1 February 2007

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A coupled Euler-Lagrange solution approach is used to model the response of a buried reinforced concrete structure subjected to a close-in detonation of a high explosive charge. The coupling algorithm is discussed along with a set of benchmark calculations involving detonations in clay and sand.