Effects of vehicle borne improvised explosive devices

We aimed to investigate the forces produced by a vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED), in particular the relationship between the blast pressure and fragmentation and how they effect the deformations of a structure such as a concrete panel.

We modelled both the pressures produced by a VBIED and the concrete panels response, as a Finite Element (FE) model and as a Single Degree of Freedom (SDOF) system. We analysed whether the traditional methods for modelling VBIED pressures were inaccurately representing the pressures recorded in real experiments.

We were able to successfully build the intended models and examined how the simplified methods for modelling VBIED pressures were lower than that examined in real world tests. This further supports the need to improve the understanding of the forces produced by a VBIED.

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Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering

Darryl Mitchell
Dale Haynes
Sebastian Maron

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