Marlon Bazan will be presenting on “Blast Design Methodology for FRP Upgrades to Masonry and Reinforced Concrete Walls in SBEDS” at the 2018 ACI Spring Convention, in Salt Lake City, Utah on Monday, March 26. The presentation discusses the development and validation of a Single Degree of Freedom (SDOF) methodology to model the response of blast loaded concrete and masonry walls retrofitted with fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) products. In addition, Marlon also discusses corresponding response criteria for blast-resistant design.

Using experimental data from previous shock tube tests on concrete and masonry walls retrofitted with FRP for validation, the methodology provides guidance on how to determine the flexural stiffness and resistance of walls retrofitted with FRP. Currently, the presented SDOF analysis method and response criteria are  implemented into the SBEDS v5 software which is distributed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Protective Design Center. The full conference program is available here.

To learn more about blast-resistant design with FRP upgrades, or discuss how PEC can support your next blast-resistant structural upgrade project, contact Marlon Bazan or Chuck Oswald.

2018 ACI Convention

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