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Re: Blast Doors : Door Edge Rotation and Yield Lines

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start the weekend off right...

On Fri, Oct 2, 2009 at 9:35 AM, Gerard Madden, SE <gmse4603(--nospam--at)> wrote:
I think he owes you a Keg after that response Harold.


On Fri, Oct 2, 2009 at 9:06 AM, Harold Sprague <spraguehope(--nospam--at)> wrote:
The question is simple, but the answer is exceedingly complicated and results from years of study and field validation.  Blast resistant design is dynamic design on steroids. 
First, as I indicated in my September 25th response, you need to be using the UFC 3-340-02 which replaced the TM 5-1300 last year.  Following is the link to the UFC 3-340-02:
The UFC 3-340-02 is a 1,943 page document that contains a step by step example of a double leaf door.  Please reference my September 25 response for the exact reference to the appropriate section of the UFC 3-340-02 for the double leaf door. 
The UFC 3-340-02 provides straight forward solutions predicated on the work of engineers who have studied and tested blast resistant structures for decades.  If it is not covered in the UFC 3-340-02, you will need to go back to the fundamentals presented in Biggs, develop your hydrocode computer modeling program, design the door, construct the door, set the door in a reaction structure, detonate a device to create the design air blast, capture the overpressure and response data, and validate your design.  Count on about 5 years and about 25 million dollars in R&D after you clear the security issues. 
To your specific question.  The stiffened double leaf door does not reference yield line.  If you are looking at a solid plate element, reference UFC 3-340-02, page 5-29 for a discussion on yield line assumptions. 
There are specialty door companies that provide this service. 
It is a complicated field of study. 

Regards, Harold Sprague

> Date: Fri, 2 Oct 2009 09:44:45 -0400
> Subject: Blast Doors : Door Edge Rotation and Yield Lines
> From: kapil.nandwana(--nospam--at)
> To: seaint(--nospam--at)

> Hi :
> I am designing a blast door using TM5-1300 manual. It's is  double
> leaf blast door, and can be supported on two or three sides.
> My question is : How should I calculate the door edge rotation angle
> for a two side support and three side support ?
> In addition to edge rotation, I am also in doubt for how to select the
> yield lines for 2 sides supported and three side supported door ?
> How do I determine which option to choose while starting the analysis.
> How would I know later that I chose a wrong yield lines ?
> Thanks
> Kapil , Structural Engineer, EWI

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