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Matthew Edel
Charles Oswald
Michael Polcyn

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May 2019

This paper presents how three methods were applied to analyze a moment-resisting steel-framed building for response to a blast load. The building of interest was five bays wide, two bays deep, and four stories tall (138 ft by 48 ft by 80 ft, respectively). A three-dimensional dynamic finite element analysis (FEA) was performed using the commercially available ADINA code. Similar results were calculated using an equivalent two-dimensional dynamic FEA model. The dynamic response of the frame was also calculated with a single-degree-of-freedom analysis. Limitations and advantages for each method are discussed as well as the applicability of each procedure.

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