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Rubble Pile Characterization Model
WIT Transactions on the Built Environment
  • William P. Schonberg, Missouri University of Science and Technology
  • Jason Baird, Missouri University of Science and Technology
  • Paul Nicholas Worsey, Missouri University of Science and Technology
  • Abdeldjelil Belarbi, Missouri University of Science and Technology
  • Roger A. LaBoube, Missouri University of Science and Technology
  • Braden Lusk, Missouri University of Science and Technology
  • R. Flanagan
  • H. Burleson
  • Robert S. Woodley, Missouri University of Science and Technology
  • Warren Noll
Abstract

Rubble piles created following the collapse of a building in a combat situation can significantly impact mission accomplishment, particularly in the area of movement and maneuver. Rubble characteristics must be known, for example, in order to predict the ability of a vehicle to override the collateral damage from weapon effects in urban areas. Two types of models are developed: a first-order model and a first-principles-based model. In both models, we assume complete rubblization of the building and develop a rubble profile model using the size and composition of the collapsed structure to predict the rubble volume. In both cases, this profile model includes the size of the footprint area surrounding the original building assuming that the rubble is free to expand horizontally as well as the resulting height of such a rubble pile. Empirical data is now needed to verify the predictive capabilities of these models.

Meeting Name
9th International Conference on Structures under Shock and Impact (2006: Jul. 3-5; Wessex Institute of Technology, New Forest, England)
Department(s)
Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering
Second Department
Mining and Nuclear Engineering
Third Department
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Keywords and Phrases
  • Building Collapse, Rubble Pile
International Standard Book Number (ISBN)
1845641752
Document Type
Article - Conference proceedings
Document Version
Final Version
File Type
text
Language(s)
English
Rights
© 2006 WIT Press, All rights reserved.
Publication Date
7-1-2006
Citation Information
William P. Schonberg, Jason Baird, Paul Nicholas Worsey, Abdeldjelil Belarbi, et al.. "Rubble Pile Characterization Model" WIT Transactions on the Built Environment Vol. 87 (2006) p. 23 - 32 ISSN: 1743-3509
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/paul-worsey/51/