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Shock and Vibration
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 9181729, 13 pages
Research Article

Study of the Similarities in Scale Models of a Single-Layer Spherical Lattice Shell Structure under the Effect of Internal Explosion

College of Civil Engineering, Huaqiao University, Xiamen 361021, China

Correspondence should be addressed to Xuanneng Gao; moc.anis@711nxoag

Received 5 November 2016; Revised 1 January 2017; Accepted 28 February 2017; Published 16 March 2017

Academic Editor: Isabelle Sochet

Copyright © 2017 Wenbao Wang et al. 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.


The similarity of each scale model is verified based on the theory of similarity, deriving the similarity law of internal explosions in a single-layer spherical lattice shell structure via dimensional theory, calculated based on models with scaling coefficients of 1, 0.8, 0.6, 0.4, 0.2, and 0.1. The results show that the shock wave propagation characteristics, the distribution of the overpressure on the inner surface, the maximum dynamic response position, and the position at which the earliest explosion venting occurs are all similar to those of the original model. With the decrease of scaling coefficients, the overpressure peak value of the shock waves of each scale model, and the specific action time of the positive pressure zone, as well as specific impulse are increasingly deviated from the original model values; when the scaling coefficient is 0.1, the maximum relative error between the overpressure peak value at the measurement point and the specific action time of the positive pressure zone as well as the specific impulse and the original model value is 4.9%. Thus, it is feasible to forecast the internal explosion effect of the original structure size model by using the experiment results of the scale model with scaling coefficient .