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Short Course On From Protection of Built Infrastructure to Urban Security and Resilience​, 13 Mar 17 (Registration Full and Closed)

Published on: 01-Mar-2017

Date: Monday, 13 March 2017

Time: 9.00 am – 5:00 pm

Venue:CEE Seminar Room D, Block N1, Level B4, Section C, N1-B4c-09b School of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), Nanyang Technological University

Course Instructor: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Werner RIEDEL, Deputy Head of Impact Physics Dpt., Ernst-Mach-Institut (EMI), Fraunhofer Society, Freiburg, Germany

Organized by: Protective Technology Research Centre, School of Civil & Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering, Nanyang Technological University

Registration Link: Registration Full and Closed

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State-of-the-art dynamic analysis and explosion protection of buildings demands customized and often integrated use of a range of engineering methods. The scaled distance can give a first indication if global structural modes, e.g. bending, or local failure modes such as breaching or shear failure have to be considered. Engineering tools are helpful for quick prediction and design of buildings and facilities. They can analyze simple geometries, also as part of a complex construction, if the failure mechanisms are well understood.

Two distinct examples of such PC tools for different loading regimes are highlighted and explained: a physically based single-degree-of-freedom analysis program, using similarity methods for transition from actually tested to arbitrary component geometries and an empirically based analysis tool for breaching predictions for contact detonations. Far more powerful, versatile but also expensive in terms of expertise and time requirements are finite element simulations with appropriate material models. Basic principles and key material descriptions are described. The course finally gives an outlook on the integration of these methods for the efficient assessment and design of urban areas regarding vulnerability, risk and resilience.


13 March 2017, Morning 13 March 2017, Afternoon

1. Introduction and Experimental Observations

2. Engineering Codes I (mechanical): Blast SDOF, PI, Application Case I Resistance Function, Similarity, Application Case II

3. Engineering Codes II (empirical): contact detonation on R/C members considering strength, earth cover, reinforcement, fibers, etc. Application Case III

4. Modern Protection Materials

5. Finite Methods for Building Security Analysis Wave Propagation and Structural Dynamics Codes, Coupling, Impact induced Vibrations

6. Modeling of Urban Areas: Vulnerability, Risk and Resilience


This course has been developed to primarily serve Structural and Civil engineers, who need a working knowledge of dynamic building design calculations. The course is also applicable to Building Code Drafters, Contractors and Builders and Building Surveyors.


Professor Werner RIEDEL (born 1970) is the deputy head of the impact physics department of EMI. He received degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Technical Universities of Munich (1994) and Compiègne, France (1996). At EMI he specialized in numerical modeling of materials and components under dynamic loads. In 2000 he received the doctoral degree at the University of the German Armed Forces at Munich. Selected project examples are the direction of the ADAMMO study for ESA, (material models for orbital debris impact on ISS) and the VITRUV project (urban security) in EU-FP7.

Dr. Riedel authored 103 scientific publications from 1996 to 2017. He was invited as visiting professor by Tokyo Institute of Technology in 2006 and 2010 is Professor at Furtwangen University in Security & Safety Engineering since 2011. He currently holds the position of a Visiting Associate Professor at NTU-PTRC.

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