Protecting People and Buildings from Terrorism: Technology Transfer for Blast-effects Mitigation
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Technology Transfer for Blast-effects Mitigation
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Concerned with the vulnerability of U.S. civilian and military personnel to terrorist bombing attacks, the U.S. Congress directed the Department of Defense to undertake a comprehensive research and testing program aimed at protecting people in buildings from such attacks. The Blast Mitigation for Structures Program (BMSP) was initiated in 1997 and has produced a large volume of experimental and analytical data that will permit the design of new, more robust buildings as well as the development of methods to retrofit a large number of vulnerable existing structures. This report reviews the BMSP program and investigates a process that would use existing institutional infrastructures (i.e., building code and standards-writing organizations, professional and technical organizations, universities, and research centers) to disseminate knowledge.


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98 pages | 6 x 9
ISBN: 978-0-309-08286-0
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National Research Council. Protecting People and Buildings from Terrorism: Technology Transfer for Blast-effects Mitigation. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2001.

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