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Xihong Zhang

Phone: (+61 8) 6488 7199
Fax: (+61 8) 6488 1018


Start date

Feb 2011

Submission date

Feb 2015

Xihong Zhang

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Development of Design and Analysis Methods for Blast Resistant Window Structures


The study aims to develop design guidelines for blast resistant windows, develop numerical methods to predict window failure and fragmentation, and investigate the effectiveness of various window strengthening measures for life and property protection.

Why my research is important

Terrorist bombing and accidental explosion have posed significant threats to structures and residents. With relative weaker strength compared with other structural members, glazing windows are most vulnerable to air blast waves. Post event studies reveal that over 80 percent of casualties in explosion events are caused by glass shards from fractured windows. Therefore, it is very important to properly analyse and design glass windows against blast for human and property protections.


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