Our team has extensive experience of blast modelling, vulnerability assessments, structural analysis and the development and testing of blast resilient products.

Explosives are used by terrorists to target people, buildings and other infrastructure and to generate fear and publicity….When developing any requirements for blast protection, it is important to decide which weapons and delivery methods need to be addressed. (CPNI).

It is important that you receive site specific design advice to reduce your risk from the impact of blast through acts of terrorism or accidental explosion. That’s why we encourage early project engagement so that our consultants can work with your project team to develop a solution that works with your design to provide protection and improve resilience.

Our team of engineers and designers understand how to determine and integrate protective measures into buildings and glazing systems that are cost effective, buildable and proportionate to the risk. We routinely undertake research on behalf of the UK Government and in conjunction with major infrastructure projects so that we offer the most current advice as threats and design practices change.

The use of appropriate blast prediction tools is the first step to a safe and economical design. We combine numerical techniques with live blast trials to aid our understanding of the interaction of blast loads with structural elements. Our services cover:

  • Dynamic structural analysis and design
  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Explosive safety
  • Vulnerability assessment
  • Human injury prediction
  • Counter terrorism measures
  • Design of blast resistance glazed facades, windows and doors
  • Testing of blast resistant litter bins
  • Development and testing

We work in accordance with UK and international standards, design criteria and guidance to suit the project requirements:

  • HSE L150, Explosives Regulations 2014
  • CBI 2011, Use of Structural Justification to Underpin HSE Explosives Licence
  • JSP 482: 2016, Ministry of Defence explosives regulations for the safe storage and processing of ordnance, munitions and explosives (OME)
  • UFC 3-340-02, Structures to Resist the Effects of Accidental Explosions
  • UFC 4-010-01, DoD Minimum Antiterrorism Standards for Buildings
  • ASCE 2010, Design of Blast-Resistant Buildings in Petrochemical Facilities

We design, plan and implement arena blast trials on a variety of products ranging from large glass facades to litter bins. Regular opportunities exist throughout the year to participate in lower cost shared trials. Project specific trials can be arranged to meet your individual requirements. Testing can be conducted in accordance with:

  • ISO 16933:2007, Glass in buildings – Explosion resistant security glazing – Test and classification for arena air blast loading
  • ISO 16934:2007, Glass in building. Explosion-resistant security glazing. Test and classification by shock-tube loading
  • BS EN 13541:2012, Glass in building – Security glazing – Testing and classification of resistance against explosion pressure
  • BS EN 13123-1:2001, Windows, doors and shutters. Explosion resistance. Requirements and classification. Shock tube
  • BS EN 13123-2:2001, Windows, doors and shutters. Explosion resistance. Requirements and classification. Range test
  • GSA TS01:2003, Standard Test Method for Glazing and Window Systems Subject to Dynamic Overpressure Loadings
  • ASTM F1642:2012, Standard Test Method for Glazing and Glazing Systems Subject to Airblast Loadings

RSES

We are accredited by the Register Security Engineers and Specialists (RSES).

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