Graeme McKenzie


PhD Candidature

Thesis Title:

Design Criteria for Blast Loadings to Above Ground Structures In The Australian Environment

Research Project:

The thesis investigates and recommends design criteria as well as design strategies considered applicable for the Australian environment that could be incorporated into an Australian Blast Loading Standard. Blast loadings occur during “Controlled Demolitions” from a deliberately designed explosive demolition (Implosion) and an “Uncontrolled Demolition” resulting from a bombing event with an unknown charge weight and type of explosive. The latter is the most difficult to design for in advance as a designer only has past historical events to help him identify the type of explosive that may be used by a bomber within the Australian environment and the charge weight (kg) that is likely to be detonated.

Research Project Supervisor/s:

Professor Bijan Samali (Principal), Doctor Chunwei Zhang