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The lorry bomb being detonated. (photo: )
The lorry bomb being detonated.
04.04.2019, 14:27

A Decade After Detonation

Company News, Health, Safety, Security & Environment, EMEA, Supplier News

Ten years ago, glazing supplier Wrightstyle tested one of its systems against a lorry bomb, followed immediately by a car bomb, in a breakthrough test to determine the impact of secondary blast injuries caused by flying glass.

 

Carried out at RAF Spadeadam, the test involved subjecting a structurally-glazed system manufactured using a technique that bonds  glass to a framing support system to the equivalent of 500 kilos of TNT.

 

The lorry bomb was detonated 75 metres from the test rig and the car bomb at a distance of 20 metres, producing a higher loading on the façade - with both tests being equally successful.

 

Explaining the rationale for the test, Jane Embury, the company's marketing director, says:

"A lot of similar test data is computer generated.

 

"Instead, we wanted to test our system against real bombs".

 

 

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