Blast Loaded Structures
My primary field of research involves experimental and numerical studies
of blast-loaded structures. Under grant funding from the Federal Aviation
Administration (FAA) in 2002-2003, the Transportation Security Administration
(TSA) in 2004-2005, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
in 2007-2008 and in 2008-2010. I have conducted tests on aircraft fuselage
skin materials under explosive loading. Additionally, numerical simulations
carried out using the commercially available finite element software
ANSYS/DYNA and LS-DYNA.
Research findings from this work have been presented at conferences
and published in journals.
Undergraduate Student Involvement
Undergraduate students play a vital
role in my research projects. Since arriving at Hope College in 1998,
I have worked with student researchers in the summer
and during the adacemic year.
“Impulse Plug Measurements of Blast Reflected Impulse at
Close Range”, M.W. Nansteel, R.L. Veldman, C.C. Chen, and
W. Lawrence, SEM XII International Congress & Exposition on
Experimental and Applied Mechanics, Costa Mesa, California, June
" Measurement of Blast Reflected Overpressure at Small Charge Standoff with
Tourmaline Piezoelectric Transducers", R.L. Veldman, M.W. Nansteel, C.C.
Chen, 26th International Ballistics Symposium & Exhibition, Miami, Flordia,
"Lightweight Mitigating Materials for Structures Under Close-in Blast Loading",
R.L. Veldman, J. Ari-Gur, and M. Panaggio, 50th AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures,
Structural Dynamics and Materials Conference, Palm Springs, California, May,
"Blast Load Modeling and Validation Testing of Clamped
Aluminum Plates" Homemade Explosives Blast Effects Modeling & Model Validation
Workshop-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Atlantic
City, New Jersey, (November, 2007).
"Overview of Experimental Results for the Blast Response of
Clamped Aluminum Plates," R.L. Veldman, J. Ari-Gur, The 4th International
Aviation Security Symposium, Washington, D.C., November, 2006.
“Effects of Pre-Pressurization on Damage of Blast-Loaded Reinforced
Plates” R.L. Veldman, J. Ari-Gur, C. Clum, ASME International Mechanical
Engineering Congress and Exposition, Orlando, Florida, November, 2006.
of Pre-Pressurization on Plastic Deformation of Blast-Loaded Square Aluminum
Plates,” R.L. Veldman, J. Ari-Gur, C. Clum, J.
Folkert, 8th International LS-DYNA Users Conference, Dearborn, Michigan,
“Effects of Pre-Pressurization on Blast Response of Square
Aluminum Plates,” R.L. Veldman, J. Ari-Gur, A. DeYoung, J. Folkert,
B. Mulder, Response of Structures to Extreme Loading, Toronto, Canada,
“Enhancing Commercial Aircraft Survivability via Active Venting,” R.L.
Veldman and J. Ari-Gur, The Federal Aviation Administration’s Third
International Aviation Security Technology Symposium, Atlantic City,
New Jersey, November, 2001.
“Determining Aircraft Vent Panel Actuation and Fuselage Decompression
Times During Active Venting,” R.L. Veldman, Michigan Space Grant
Consortium Conference, Ann Arbor, Michigan, October, 1999.
" Impulse Plug Measurements of Blast Reflected Impulse at Close Range", Propellants, Explosives, Pyrotechnics, M. W. Nansteel, R.L. Veldman, C. Chen, and W. Lawrence, 2013, 38: pp. 120–128.
"Response of Pre-Pressurized Reinforced Plates Under Blast Loading",
International Journal of Impact Engineering, R.L. Veldman, J. Ari-Gur,
C. Clum, April 2008, 35(4), pp. 240-250.
“Effects of Pre-pressurization on Blast Response of Clamped
Aluminum Plates”, International Journal of Impact Engineering,
R. L. Veldman, J. Ari-Gur, C. Clum, A. DeYoung, J. Folkert, Oct. 2006,
32(10), pp. 1678-1695.