Describes a study concerning the response of a panel/connection of a 1/4 scale stainless steel blast under pulse pressure loading. The aim of the work was to investigate the influence of the connection detail on the overall performance of the panel/connection system under pulse pressure loading and to develop appropriate analytical and numerical models of the blast wall/connection system for correlation with the test results. This is the first time that a detailed experimental study of the behaviour of blast walls made from profiled stainless steel sheet has considered the modes of failure and end effects of the support construction. The work has shown that the connection detail can significantly influence the response of the panel to extreme pressure loading.
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