/LOAD/PBLAST
Block Format Keyword Provides a fast way to simulate air blast pressure on a structure.
The Air Blast incident pressure is fitted from experimental data, then blast pressure is deduced from surface orientation to the detonation point. You must provide detonation point, detonation time and equivalent TNT mass.
This is a simplified loading method because the arrival time and incident pressure are not adjusted for obstacles. It also does not take into account confinement or ground effects.
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/LOAD/PBLAST/load_ID/unit_ID  
load_title  
surf_ID  Exp_data  I_tshift  N_{dt}  I_{Z}  I_{form}  Node_ID  
x_{det}  Y_{det}  Z_{det}  T_{det}  W_{TNT}  
P_{min}  
Ground_ID 
Definitions
Field  Contents  SI Unit Example 

load_title  Load
title. (Character, maximum 10 digits) 

surf_ID  Surface
identifier. (Integer, maximum 10 digits) 

Exp_data  Experiment data flag.
(Integer, maximum 10 digits) 

I_tshift  Time shift flag.
(Integer) 

N_{dt}  Number of intervals
for minimal time step. $\text{\Delta}{t}_{blast}=\frac{\mathrm{inf}\left({T}_{0}\right)}{{N}_{dt}}$ Where, ${T}_{0}$ is the duration of positive phase. Default = 100 (Integer) 

I_{Z}  Scaled Distance update
with time.
(Integer) 

I_{form}  Modeling flag.
(Integer) 

Node_ID  Node identifier
defining detonation point. If defined, the flags X_{det}, Y_{det} and Z_{det} are ignored. 

X_{det}  Detonation Point
Xcoordinate. Ignored if Node_ID ≠ 0. Default = 0.0 (Real) 
$\left[\text{m}\right]$ 
Y_{det}  Detonation Point
Ycoordinate. Ignored if Node_ID ≠ 0. Default = 0.0 (Real) 
$\left[\text{m}\right]$ 
Z_{det}  Detonation Point
Zcoordinate. Ignored if Node_ID ≠ 0. Default = 0.0 (Real) 
$\left[\text{m}\right]$ 
T_{det}  Detonation
time. Default = 0.0 (Real) 
$\left[\text{s}\right]$ 
W_{TNT}  Equivalent TNT
mass. (Real) 
$\left[\text{Kg}\right]$ 
P_{min}  Minimum
pressure. Default = 10^{20} (Real) 
$\left[\text{Pa}\right]$ 
Ground_ID  Surface identifier for
ground definition. Ignored if Exp_data=1. Surface type is /SURF/PLANE Default: Origin =(0,0,0), normal=(0,0,H) 
Comments
 Modeling situation is set with
Exp_data flag. You provide explosion data
(X_{det},
Y_{det},
Z_{det}), explosion mass
(W_{TNT}) target surface
(Surf_ID), and detonation time
(T_{det}). All other
parameters and flags have default values.If Exp_data=3, explosive height must be defined.At a given point over the user surface, the corresponding radius $R$ and the explosive mass W_{TNT} is used to determine characteristic values of the blast wave (arrival time ${t}_{a}$ , maximum pressure P_{max}, positive duration $\text{\Delta}{t}_{+}$ , impulse ${I}_{+}$ , ...) . Both incident wave and reflected wave are to follow Friedlander’s equation:
 If
I_{model} = 1
(Friedlander model)
(1) $${\mathrm{P}}_{Friedlander}\left(t\right)={P}_{\mathrm{max}}\cdot {e}^{\frac{\left(t{t}_{a}\right)}{\text{\Delta}{t}_{+}}}\left(1\frac{t{t}_{a}}{\text{\Delta}{t}_{+}}\right)$$  If
I_{model} = 2
(modified Friedlander model)
(2) $${\mathrm{P}}_{Friedlander}\left(t\right)={P}_{\mathrm{max}}\cdot {e}^{\frac{b(t{t}_{a})}{\Delta {t}_{+}}}\left(1\frac{t{t}_{a}}{\Delta {t}_{+}}\right)$$
Where, ${P}_{\mathrm{max}},\text{\Delta}{t}_{+},{t}_{a}$ are experimentally known at a given scaled distance $\frac{R}{{W}^{\raisebox{1ex}{$1$}\!\left/ \!\raisebox{1ex}{$3$}\right.}}$ . ^{3}
With the modified Friedlander model (I_{form}=2), ‘b’ is a decay parameter introduced to fit the positive impulse.
'b’ is solved such as:(3) $$\underset{{t}_{a}}{\overset{{t}_{a}+\text{\Delta}{t}_{+}}{\int}}{\mathrm{P}}_{Friedlander}\left(t\right)dt={I}_{+}$$  If
I_{model} = 1
(Friedlander model)
 The fitted time history function
${\mathrm{P}}_{incident}\left(t\right)$
and
${\mathrm{P}}_{reflected}\left(t\right)$
are also used to compute blast loading
${\mathrm{P}}_{BLAST}\left(t\right)$
at a given face centroid Z’ (Figure 3).
^{2}
(4) $${\mathrm{P}}_{BLAST}\left(t\right)=\{\begin{array}{c}{\mathrm{cos}}^{2}\theta \cdot {\mathrm{P}}_{reflected}\left(t\right)+\left(1+{\mathrm{cos}}^{2}\theta 2\mathrm{cos}\theta \right)\cdot {\mathrm{P}}_{incident}\left(t\right)\text{if}\mathrm{cos}\theta 0\text{}\\ \text{}{\mathrm{P}}_{incident}\left(t\right)\text{if}\mathrm{cos}\theta \le 0\end{array}$$Where, $\theta $ is the angle between the surface segment (centroid Z’) and the direction to detonation point.
This means that blast pressure is equal to reflected pressure if segment is directly facing the detonation point, and equal to incident pressure if segment is not facing the detonation point. This modeling is simple because arrival time and incident pressure are not adjusted with shadowing of the related structure. It also does not into account confinement and tunnel effect.
This also requires the surface to have outward normal vector.
 If I_{z} =1, R is constant and computed during Starter at time=0.00. When I_{z} =2, $R=R(t)$ is updated for each cycle during Engine computation.
 If W_{TNT} is not set, the mass is zero and no pressure will be loaded on the related surface.
 If modeled explosive is not TNT, an equivalent TNT mass must be provided.
 The experimental data uses the unit system {cm, g, $\mu s$ }. The units defined in /BEGIN will be used to convert the experimental data units to the model units. Therefore, the units defined in /BEGIN must correctly match the units used in the model.
 It is possible to skip computation time from $T=0$ to ${t}^{*}=\mathrm{inf}\left({T}_{arrival}\right)$ . The shift value is automatically computed during Starter execution. To disable a computation up to ${t}^{*}$ , the I_tShift value must be equal to 2.
 The ${N}_{dt}$ parameter can impose a minimum time step, if structural one is not large enough. Imposing $\text{\Delta}{t}_{blast}=\frac{\mathrm{inf}\left({T}_{0}\right)}{{N}_{dt}}$ ensures that there are sufficient time steps during positive phase, that is, during the exponential, decrease of the blast wave. By default, ${N}_{dt}=100$ .