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RE: UFC 3-340-01 "Design and Analysis of Hardened Structures to Conventional Weapons Effects"

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I am new to this blast analysis and was kind of thrown a project.  But, I was wondering, since this thread came up; if I could get some advice on how to analyze bolted connections.  I went a conservative route; I got the peak overburden pressure and applied it as a wind pressure on the structure itself and the "structure" works, the connections however fail miserably.  Because the load is only going to be applied for a few milliseconds is there a justified Dynamic Increase Factor (DIF) for bolts?  Or is there some way I can justify that the bolts will not fail? 

Thomas Davidson


From: Padmanabhan Rajendran [mailto:rakamaka(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Wednesday, January 09, 2008 12:12 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Re: UFC 3-340-01 "Design and Analysis of Hardened Structures to Conventional Weapons Effects"

In 2006, I attended a seminar on the design of structures to resist blast loads. The instructor told the participants that a few of the UFC/UASCE manuals which were available for download until 2002 or 2003 were removed from the list of manuals that could be downloaded  with "no questions asked". However, he said, that anyone interested in a  restricted manual could seek permission from UFC/UASCE for  the download. I believe the identity of the individual requesting the download requires to be documented, considering the nature of information  contained in the manuals.

The following link has a place for you to register. Once you register, you may be able to access the document.


----- Original Message ----
From: Bill Polhemus <bill(--nospam--at)>
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Sent: Tuesday, January 8, 2008 1:53:07 PM
Subject: UFC 3-340-01 "Design and Analysis of Hardened Structures to Conventional Weapons Effects"

I am doing a blast analysis of a structure located in a refinery, using
SBEDS which is an Excel-based software solution maintained by the USACE.
In a couple of places in the documentation, they references the manual
as stated in the SUBJECT line of my message.

However, this publication isn't available online, unless you're a U.S.
Gov't contractor actively working on government jobs. This is
problematic, since much of the methodology in SBEDS is contained therein.

For example in one place they reference "the ultimate moment capacity of
a reinforced concrete beam-column ... as defined by equations in Chapter
10 of UFC 3-340-01." I would seriously love to examine those equations
but cannot as far as I know, because, again, I'm not privy to this

Has anyone run up against this or something like it, and how do you
LEGALLY get around this restriction? Strange that a program in the
public domain should be based on methodology that is literally a
"federal secret."

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