The purpose of this manual is to present methods of design for protective construction used in facilities for development, testing, production, storage, maintenance, modification, inspection, demilitarization, and disposal of explosive materials.
The primary objectives are to establish design procedures and construction techniques whereby propagation of explosion (from one structure or part of a structure to another) or mass detonation can be prevented and to provide protection for personnel and valuable equipment.
The secondary objectives are to:
- Establish the blast load parameters required for design of protective structures.
- Provide methods for calculating the dynamic response of structural elements including reinforced concrete, and structural steel.
- Establish construction details and procedures necessary to afford the required strength to resist the applied blast loads.
- Establish guidelines for siting explosive facilities to obtain maximum cost effectiveness in both the planning and structural arrangements, providing closures, and preventing damage to interior portions of structures because of structural motion, shock, and fragment perforation.