The Shock Tunnel: History and Results

This report summarizes the results of a program conducted by the Defense Civil Preparedness Agency to determine blast resistance of wall panels typically found in existing structures. The objective of this program was to determine the blast sheltering capability of structures in the National Fallout Shelter Survey inventory and to obtain information which could be used to upgrade these structures. Volume I describes the shock tunnel facility used for the experimental testing of full-scale wall panels. Included is a summary of the capabilities of the shock tunnel for dynamic loading and response studies and brief summaries of various experimental programs conducted in the shock tunnel which were not related to the wall panel test program. Volume II of this report presents the results obtained from the experimental program conducted in the shock tunnel to determine the loadings which are received by wall panels mounted in the test section. Volume III of this report is concerned with the dynamic response and failure of full-scale wall panels. Included are the development of theories of wall panel response and the results obtained from the testing of full-scale wall panels in the shock tunnel. Volume IV of this report describes the static test program conducted to determine the physical properties of the wall panels and to assist in the development of failure theories and test predictions for wall panels. Volume V summarizes the predicted failure pressures for wall panels based on the theoretical and experimental results.

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  • Corporate Authors:

    Scientific Service, Incorporated

    Redwood City, CA  United States 

    Defense Civil Preparedness Agency

    Washington, DC  United States 
  • Authors:
    • Pachuta, Michael A
    • Wilton, C
    • Kaplan, K
    • Gabrielsen, B L
  • Publication Date: 1978-3


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 450p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01535669
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 7618-1
  • Contract Numbers: DCPA01-76-C-0311; Work Unit No. 1123H
  • Files: NTL, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 29 2014 3:12PM