🕑 Reading time: 1 minuteReinforced concrete can provide substantial protection from even extreme blast loading. The relatively large mass of concrete elements provides an inherent resistance to impulsive loads. Structural design considerations include sizing members to provide an expected degree of deformation and associated damage and optimizing the structure to resist and transfer blast loads in a reliable manner. Proper detailing is the final critical component of the design process to ensure that the structural elements have sufficient toughness to achieve the desired inelastic deformations.
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