Modern Protective Structures 2024

Aug. 5-9, 2024

Arlington, VA

Course Outline
Daily Schedule: 8:30AM to 4:30PM



  • General Background
  • Protective Planning and Design Philosophy
  • Protection Methodology, Threat, and Risk Assessment
  • From Threat and Hazard Environments to Load Definition
  • Technical Resources, and Blast Mitigation Capabilities
  • Infrastructure Systems Perspectives (with Prof. Elise Miller-Hooks)
  • Protective Technology - Current State and Future Needs
  • Summary

Explosive Devices and Explosions

  • Introduction
  • Characteristics of Explosive Processes, Devices, and Environments
  • Explosives, Explosions, Effects and their Mitigation
  • Examples and Applications
  • Summary

Conventional and Nuclear Environments

  • Introduction
  • Air Blast
  • Penetration
  • HE-Induced Ground shock, Cratering, and Ejecta
  • Cratering, Ejecta, and Ground Shock from Nuclear Devices
  • Fragmentation
  • Fire, Chemical, Bacteriological, and Radiological Environments
  • Examples and Applications
  • Summary

Conventional and Nuclear Loads on Structures

  • Conventional Loads on Structures
  • Nuclear Loads on Structures
  • Step-by-step Procedures
  • Examples and Applications
  • Summary

Behavior of Structural Elements

  • Introduction
  • Distance from Explosion and Dynamic Loads
  • Material Properties of Steel and Concrete
  • Flexural Resistance
  • Shear Resistance
  • Tensile and Compressive Members
  • Principal Reinforcement
  • Cylinders, Arches, and Domes
  • Shear Walls
  • Frames
  • Natural Periods of Vibrations
  • Advanced Considerations
  • Application to Structural Design
  • Practical Damage and Response Limits
  • Examples and Applications
  • Summary

Dynamic Response and Analysis

  • Introduction
  • Single-Degree-of-Freedom (SDOF) Analysis
  • Multi-Degree-of-Freedom (MDOF) Systems
  • Continuous Systems
  • Intermediate and Advanced Computational Approaches
  • Validation Requirements for Computational Capabilities
  • Practical Computational Support for Protective Analysis and Design
  • Examples and Applications
  • Summary

Connections, Openings, Interfaces, and Internal Shock

  • Connections
  • Openings and Interfaces
  • Internal Shock and its Isolation
  • Internal Pressure
  • Examples and Applications
  • Summary

Pressure-Impulse Diagrams and their Applications

  • Introduction
  • Background
  • Characteristic of P-I Diagrams
  • Analytical Solutions of P-I Diagrams
  • Numerical Approaches to P-I Curves
  • Dynamic Analysis Approach
  • Dynamic Structural Model
  • Application Examples for SDOF and P-I Computational Approaches
  • Examples and Applications
  • Summary

Progressive Collapse and its Mitigation

  • Introduction
  • Background
  • Progressive Collapse of Different Types of Structures
  • DoD and GSA Guidelines
  • Foreign Guidelines
  • Advanced Frame Structure Analysis
  • Examples and Case Studies
  • Summary

Critical Infrastructure Protection

  • Introduction
  • Background
  • Criticality and Prioritization in Infrastructure System Performance (with Prof. Elise Miller-Hooks)
  • Protection Methodologies for Critical Infrastructure Systems
  • Applications and Examples
  • Summary

A Comprehensive Protective Design Approach

  • Introduction and Background
  • Protection Approaches and Measures
  • Planning and Design Assumptions
  • Siting, Architectural, and Functional Considerations
  • Load Considerations
  • Structural Behavior and Performance
  • Structural System Behavior
  • Structural System and Components Selection
  • Multi-Hazard Resilience Quantification for Infrastructure Systems (with Prof. Elise Miller-Hooks)
  • Other Safety Considerations
  • Development and Implementation of Effective Protective Technology
  • Summary