BOMB-BLAST RESISTANT GLAZING SYSTEMS

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BOMB-BLAST RESISTANT GLAZING SYSTEMS

Protecting civilian buildings from terrorist activity is one of the most critical architectural design challenges today. Engineers are working hard to analyses the effects of blasts on physical structures to identify the best possible blast-mitigation solution, in order to deflect forces, whilst not compromising structural integrity and aesthetics. Typically shards of glass flying through the air cause many of the deaths, injuries and damage originating from a bomb blast. Effective blast-resistant glazing can itself deflect forces, absorbing as much of the blast energy as possible. It is also important that flying glass debris is reduced and that the window is retained in the frame, maintaining the integrity of the external building structure. Many factors affect protection including the physical properties and thickness of the glass as well as how the finished glass is incorporated into the frame, and then the frame into the building. Also, the size of blast and its distance from the blast point are critical considerations. The total systems approach offerred by EGS is essential for optimum protection. Services include; design development, manufacture, supply and installation. Primarily based around aluminium systems the products available are: