For decades, blast-resistant design was applied almost exclusively to military facilities. Since the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, however, concern for blast resistance has spread to other sectors as well. These and recent experiences such as the September 11 attacks have taught us that explosive blast, whether accidentally or intentionally caused, is another force that needs to be taken into account.

The Blast Resistant Design Guide for Reinforced Concrete Structures, which includes a foreword by Dr. Gene Corley, provides structural engineers with a practical treatment of the design of cast-in-place reinforced concrete structures to resist the effects of blast loads. Readers will be able to understand the principles of blast-resistant design, determine the kind and degree of resistance a structure needs, and specify the materials and details required to provide it.

Guidelines are provided for detailing requirements for blast resistance and detailing philosophy and reinforcement splicing are introduced for columns, beams, slabs, walls and joints. Numerical design examples are provided showing the detailed design of reinforced concrete elements under blast loading. The guide also includes a chapter devoted to GSA and DoD design methods to protect structures against progressive collapse.