February 25 2015
Entuitive and McMaster University Partner to Improve Blast Design Strategies
Designing for blast events is a growing consideration of the larger trend towards resilient infrastructure – a topic often discussed by architects, designers, engineers, politicians, and city planners.
Communities around the world continue to experience significant blast-related events, whether by terrorist actions or accidental causes, to civilian and government buildings. For example, evidence from the aftermath of past incidents indicates that a large number of injuries and fatalities often result from extensive damage to glass building facades during the blast event. This damage may occur even at a considerable distance from ground zero of the blast.
Over the last 20 years, a number of safety standards and criteria have been put forth offering preventative options and measures. However, there are currently no guidelines for rationalizing the potential design options and their associated risks.
Recognizing the disconnect between the risk level considered by current design processes and the selection of the optimal blast design option, Entuitive and McMaster University’s Faculty of Engineering are partnering in the NSERC Engage program* to develop a novel holistic blast design strategy. This new approach will be based on reliability analysis, risk assessment and blast resistant design. Entuitive’s blast engineering and design specialists will be providing real-life design conditions including details, systems and materials to assist with the research efforts. The ultimate goal is to contribute towards improved safety, resilience and building performance by utilizing better blast design and risk mitigation strategies.
Stay tuned to learn about the results of our research collaboration!
* The NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada) Engage Program is intended to foster the development of new research partnerships between academic researchers and companies, that have never collaborated before, by supporting short-term research and development projects aimed at addressing a company-specific problem.