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Steam Explosion Force Modeling

Steam Explosion Force Modeling

Steam Explosion Force Modeling

I have done a fair amount of blast resistant design per the USACE/DoD Anti-terrorism/Force Protection guidelines, so I'm not new to the field of explosion resistant design. What I am new to is the generation of forcing functions based on particular blast sources in an industrial environment (AT/FP has clear cut malicious threat sizes). Does anyone have any good resources for determining shock wave intensities? I'm specifically looking at steam explosions resulting from the sudden flashing of large amounts of water to steam due to contact with an extreme heat source (such as molten metal). Determining an equivalent TNT basis would also be useful.

Most of the examples I've found have been for pressurized water reactors (nuclear reactor melts down, molten fuel rod flashes cooling water to steam, boom). It's difficult to translate as my application is exposed to atmosphere.

Any help is, as always, appreciated.

RE: Steam Explosion Force Modeling

Thank you, IRstuff. I'll need to read through in more detail to be sure, but it looks very promising.

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