2-Day Workshop on Blast Effects on Buildings and Offshore Structures (BEBOS'12)



Date: 27-28 November 2012

Venue: School of Civil Engineering, Universiti Sains Malaysia Engineering Campus, Nibong Tebal, Penang

Course Presenter: Dr Graham Schleyer (FIMechE), Impact Research Centre, University of Liverpool, UK

Registration Fee: RM 1500

Limited Seat Available!!!

The objective of this workshop is to acquaint professional engineers, researchers, students and others to procedures for the analysis and design of structural elements subjected to blast loadings produced by explosions. The course examines fundamental aspects of blast effects on buildings and offshore structures, the important relevant material characteristics in the dynamic range and considers the response of ductile and non-ductile structural elements. Reference to the manual UFC 3-340-02 [Structures to Resist the Effects of Accidental Explosions] that presents design methods for protective construction, and ‘hands-on’ sessions will be included. Participants will be given spreadsheet programs to practice some of the examples presented. The workshop is designed to be of use to anyone interested in explosion hardening, hazard assessment and safety calculations throughout the civil, mechanical, nuclear, petrochemical and process industries. The workshop is suitable for those not familiar with the basic principles of structural dynamics and material response at high rates of loading.

Over a period of two days, the workshop will cover the following topics:

  • General considerations
    • Blast effects and design requirements
    • Loading on structures caused by external air blast
    • Pressure-impulse diagrams and their applications
    • Dynamic response and single-degree-of-freedom (SDOF) analysis methods
    • Analysis and design of ductile elements under blast loading
    • Analysis and design of non-ductile elements under blast loading
    • Examples using spreadsheet analysis tools
    • Design examples

The ‘hands-on’ workshop sessions require the use of a Windows compatible laptop computer. It is advisable to bring one with you, if at all possible, preferably with Microsoft office 2007 installed.


Dr GrahaDr Graham Schleyerm Schleyer ( FIMechE ) is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Engineering and a member of the Impact Research Centre at the University of Liverpool, having worked previously for several years in the gas industry and for shorter periods with leading research and technology companies in the UK and the US. Over the past 20 years or so he has conducted hundreds of field and laboratory tests on full-size and reduced-scale structures involving gas, HE and pressurized air explosions which has provided useful insights into the explosion resistance of safety critical components and structural systems. An overall advance has been the development of sub-scale experimental methods. These tests have resulted in the validation of simplified design methods for steel, glass and RC structural elements subjected to pulse pressure loads. Dr Schleyer is a member of the International Scientific Advisory Committee of the International Conference ‘Structures Under Shock and Impact’ organised by the Wessex Institute of Technology. He also serves on the editorial board of the International Journal ‘Computational Methods and Experimental Measurements.’

Dr Schleyer is a previous Global Research Award holder (formerly Engineering Foresight Awards, Royal Academy of Engineering), and has published widely in journals, conference proceedings, and government and industry reports.

Registration Fee:

RM1500 per person. Please make your payment to USAINS HOLDING SDN BHD using Cheque/ Bank Draft/ Local Order.

Who Should Attend?

  • Consultants
  • Contractors
  • Developers
  • Government Agencies
  • Engineers
  • Researchers and academicians


Day 1 (27 November 2012, Tuesday)
9:00am Lecture 1

General considerations

Blast effects and design requirements

  Lecture 2 Blast loading and prediction
12:30pm   Lunch (provided)
2:00pm Hands-on

SDOF methods

Use of spreadsheet analysis tools

5:00pm   End of Day One
Day 2 (28 November 2012, Wednesday)
9:00am Lecture 3 Analysis and design of ductile members subjected to blast loads
  Lecture 4 Analysis and design of non-ductile members subjected to blast loads
12:30pm   Lunch (provided)
2:00pm Hands-on

Design examples

Use of spreadsheet analysis tools

5:00pm   End of Workshop


Disaster Research Nexus

School of Civil Engineering

Engineering Campus

Universiti Sains Malaysia

14300 Nibong Tebal

Seberang Perai Selatan

Pulau Pinang

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