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Martin Goodrich
John Dyer
Don Ketchum
Kelly Thomas

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April 2006

The choice of an optimum location for placing new structures in petroleum refining and chemical processing plants is subject to a host of considerations, of which the structure’s blast resistance is one of the most significant. The decision centers on defining an affordable structure that maximizes occupant safety. This paper discusses the considerations and alternative methods of assessing blast and structural response siting issues by using an example building. The assessment involves systematically defining potential blast loads, the construction details necessary to withstand those loads, and identifying locations that make the most of an existing facility.

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Martin Goodrich

John Dyer

Don Ketchum

Kelly Thomas