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Portland Cement Association Releases Blast Resistant Design Guide



The Portland Cement Association has released a new design guide that highlights the principles of blast-resistant design.


The Portland Cement Association has released a new design guide that highlights the principles of blast-resistant design.

Though blast-resistant design was applied almost exclusively to military facilities in the past, tragedies such as the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing and the Sept. 11 attacks have spread concern for blast resistance to other sectors.

Developed for designers and engineers, "Blast Resistant Design Guide for Reinforced Concrete Structures" provides a practical treatment of the design of cast-in-place reinforced concrete structures to resist the effects of blast loads. It explains the of blast-resistant design, and how to determine the kind and degree of resistance a structure needs as well as how to specify the required materials and details.

In addition, the manual describes both General Services Administration (GSA) and Department of Defense (DOD) design provisions developed for design against progressive collapse. The manual contains detailed examples that illustrate the design process.

For more information on the publication, visit the PCA Bookstore. Orders can also be placed by calling (800) 868-6733.

The Portland Cement Association represents cement companies in the United States and Canada. It conducts market development, engineering, research, education, and public affairs programs.


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