Dr Graham Schleyer from the University of Liverpool, School of Engineering, recently delivered a course on Blast Effects and Analysis over two days at Wessex Institute, New Forest to a group of seven participants from Singapore, Kenya and the UK. This course was designed to equip engineers, security consultants and researchers with the knowledge and tools to better understand the effects on the built environment that large dynamic loads can produce from explosion sources. Practical design examples were used throughout with reference to commonly used design manuals and spreadsheet analysis tools. The course covered the elementary concepts of HE blast loading and response in the far-field domain. Participants were provided with an appreciation of the scope and limitations of analytical and numerical methods for modelling these types of problems.


Course Sessions

The course consisted of six sessions (over 2 days):

  • General considerations and blast effects
  • Blast loading calculations
  • Single-degree-of-freedom (SDOF) analysis methods
  • Examples using spreadsheet analysis tools
  • Design of structural steel members under blast loading
  • Design of RC structural members under blast loading


Dr Graham Schleyer CEng, FIMechE, SFHEA is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Engineering, having worked previously for several years in the gas industry and for shorter periods with leading consultancies in the UK and the US. Over the past 30 years or so he has conducted hundreds of field and laboratory tests on full-size and sub-scale structures involving gas, HE and pressurized air explosions which have provided fundamental insights into the explosion resistance of steel, RC and glazing as well as validation of numerical models and simplified analytical methods.

Dr Schleyer is a previous Royal Academy of Engineering Global Research Award holder (formerly Engineering Foresight Awards), and has published widely in journals, conference proceedings, and government and industry reports.

Course photos

Blast2022 Group 1    Blast2022 Group 2   

For further information and details of the next event please contact:

Jane Chantler
Wessex Institute
Ashurst Lodge, Ashurst
Southampton, SO40 7AA
Tel: 44 (0) 238 029 3223
Fax: 44 (0) 238 029 2853
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