The degree of structural damage is significantly more severe when a blast occurs inside than outside of a structure. However, existing designs for RC structures such as reinforced concrete containment vessels (RCCV) do not include design features to protect the structure for internal blast. Therefore, the internal blast resistance capacity of RC structures is evaluated by performing internal blast tests on RC tubular structures. The main objective of the study was to observe and document the basic structural behavior data obtained from internal detonation tests. ANFO explosive charge weights of 15.88, 20.41, 22.68 and 24.95 kg were selected for a charge detonating at a cross section center of the mid-span of the specimen, giving a standoff distance to the inner wall surface of 1000 mm. The data acquisitions include blast pressure, deflection, strain, and crack pattern. When the explosive charge weight increased from 15.88 to 24.95 kg, the peak incident pressure and time duration increased from 0.1718 to 0.3394 MPa and from 5.856 to 5.981 ms, respectively. Then, the test data were used to predict the internal charge weight required to fail a real scale RCCV using simple assumptions and the test data. The results of the study are discussed in detail in the paper.
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