PROTECTING IMPORTANT STRUCTURES AGAINST MANMADE HAZARDS USING THE CONVEX DOTTED TECHNIQUE Analysis and simulation using the AUTODYN simulation package
The International Conference on Civil and Architecture Engineering
In the light of recent terrorists' attacks on facilities throughout the world, planners, architects and engineers are beginning to re-visit conventional approaches in the design of high-security facilities. Increasingly, existing the strategic installations are being protected to survive a limited threat. These actions are essential to mitigate the hazardous effects of explosions and impact. Important facilities are made to a generally higher degree of robustness than conventional
... ional installations. Protection can be provided by provision of a massive outer structure or by ensuring large stand-off distance. Given the typical location of installations such as embassies, government and other office buildings, which could be subjected to terrorist attack, at the heart of major cities, it is not normally possible to ensure appropriate stand-off distance. A massive outer structure may be too expensive and inconsistent with the functionality and image of the installations. The Architect has a contribution to make in the enhancement of structural survivability by optimizing the configuration (shape, form, elevation, cross section, etc.) to provide a measure of protection without compromising appearance and utility. This paper presents the findings from a program of research, which explores the opportunities offered by an effective architectural approach. A group of scenarios simulated and examined by analysis the concept of using new protection techniques, as assessed using the AUTODYN computer simulation package in 2D & 3D V4.