Blast Analysis

Explosive Capabilities has extensive experience in the development of blast analysis, explosion consequence analysis and structural vulnerability assessments for commercial companies and international organizations. This is supported by formal explosive qualifications and previous employment as Blast Engineers and Trials Conducting Officers for the UK Government.

A formal blast analysis should be the first stage of any professional design or investigation. Use of internationally accepted best practices and tools ensures the most accurate estimations to be made ensuring that the most appropriate advice on mitigation or resilience may be provided.

Our team has extensive experience of blast modelling, vulnerability assessments, structural analysis and the development and testing of blast resilient products.

Explosive Capabilities Limited advice is all in accordance with the most relevant international, regional or national standards, agreements or procedures, including:

  • International Ammunition Technical Guidelines, Edition 2, UN, 2013.
  • BS 1722. Fences – Part 10. Specifications for anti-intruder fences in chain link and wired mesh
  • BS 1722. Fences – Part 12. Specifications for steel palisade fences
  • BS 1722. Fences – Part 14. Specifications for open mesh and steel panel
  • BS EN 1522:1999. Windows, doors, shutters and blinds. Bullet resistance – Requirements and classification
  • BSI PAS 69:2013. Guidance for the selection, installation and use of vehicle barrier security systems
  • BSI PAS 97:2015. Mail screening and security
  • BSI PAS 127:2014. Checkpoint security screening of people and their belongings – Guidance
  • CBI 2011, Use of Structural Justification to Underpin HSE Explosives Licences
  • DfT TAL 1/16. Influence of bollards on pedestrian application
  • DfT TAL 2/13. Bollards and pedestrian movement
  • DfT TAL 1/11. Vehicle security barriers within the streetscape
  • HOSDB Advisory Note 01/08. Selection, positioning and testing of blast-resistant litter bins
  • HOSDB Advisory Note 02/08. Vehicle barriers
  • HOSDB Advisory Note 03/08. Temporary search facilities
  • HOSDB Advisory Note 04/08. Permanent search facilities
  • HOSDB Advisory Note 05/08. Protected spaces
  • HOSDB Glazing Hazard Guide 2007
  • HOSDB Guidance Note 11. Glazing enhancement
  • HOSDB Guidance Note 11A. Use of ASF and BBNC
  • HOSDB Guidance Note 11B. Assessment of ASF
  • HOSDB Guidance Note 11C. ASF Dynamic Peel Testing
  • HOSDB Guidance Note 11D. Installation of ASF
  • HOSDB Guidance Note 12/08. The selection, positioning and testing of blast-resistant litter bins
  • HSE L150, Explosives Regulations 2014
  • NaCTSO Crowded spaces guidance
  • STANAG 4569. Protection levels for vehicles
  • UK Government. Protecting Crowded Places. Design and Technical Issues
  • UK Government. Crowded Places. Equality Impact Assessment of Guidance and Response to Recommendations
  • UK Government. Crowded Places. The Planning System and Counter-Terrorism
  • UK Government. Crowded Places. A Response to the Consultation
  • UK Government. Working together to protect Crowded Places
  • USA TM5-853. Security engineering project development
  • USA TM5-855-1. Design and analysis of hardened structures to conventional weapons effects
  • USA UFC 3-340-02. Structures to Resist the Effects of Accidental Explosions, USA, 2008
  • USA UFC 4-010-01. DoD Minimum Antiterrorism Standards for Buildings

Blast trials are conducted in accordance with:

  • SO 16933:2007. Glass in buildings – Explosion resistant security glazing – Test and classification for arena air blast loading
  • ISO 16934:2007. Glass in building. Explosion-resistant security glazing. Test and classification by shock-tube loading
  • ISO 16935:2007. Bullet resistant security glazing – Test and classification
  • ISO – IWA 14-1:2013. Vehicle security barriers – Part 1: Performance requirement, vehicle impact test method and performance rating
  • ISO – IWA 14-2:2013. Vehicle security barriers – Part 2: Application
  • CEN CWA 16221:2010. Vehicle security barriers. Performance requirements, test methods and guidance on application
  • BS EN 13541:2012. Glass in building – Security glazing – Testing and classification of resistance against explosion pressure
  • BS EN 13123-1:2001. Windows, doors and shutters. Explosion resistance. Requirements and classification. Shock tube
  • BS EN 13123-2:2001. Windows, doors and shutters. Explosion resistance. Requirements and classification. Range test
  • BSI PAS 68:2013. Impact test specifications for vehicle security barriers
  • HOSDB 70/08. Determination of the explosion resistance of litter and recycling bins – Method
  • HOSDB 21/09. Test standard for Protected Spaces in Buildings (Explosion Resistant Doors and Walls)
  • STANAG 2920. Ballistic tests for personal armour.
  • STANAG 4164. Test procedures for armour perforation of anti-armour weapons
  • STANAG 4190. Test procedures for measuring behind armour effects of anti-armour weapons