Work Item
ASTM WK41393

New Guide for Identifying Blast Mitigating Design Criteria for the Protection of Building Exteriors Against Blast Loading due to Terrorist Attacks

1. Scope

This guide identifies the basic blast mitigating design criteria necessary to specify exterior building elements, including fenestration, to defend against terrorist explosive attacks. The guide may be used by building owners, security professionals, planners and designers to translate the results of threat assessments into blast mitigating design criteria for protecting exterior building elements against blast loading.


levels of protection; building component response criteria; blast parameters; pressure-impulse, charge size; standoff distance


The standard is needed to provide a means by which building component manufacturers can design or test for a limited number of pressure-impulse pairs that are representative of a broad range of charge weight and standoff distances. It will be used by building owners, building designers, and building component manufacturers to select design criteria for blast resistant building components.

The title and scope are in draft form and are under development within this ASTM Committee.


Developed by Subcommittee: E54.01

Committee: E54

Staff Manager: Kevin Shanahan

Work Item Status

Date Initiated: 03-18-2013

Technical Contact: Timothy Stickler

Item: 001

Ballot: E54.05 (13-01)

Status: Will Reballot Item