Blast-Resistant Structural Shield Earns Homeland Security Designation

By Chemical Processing Staff

Sep 21, 2011

Bayer MaterialScience LLC's Hygard BL80 Shock-Wave Sentinel has been certified with a federal Developmental Testing and Evaluation designation. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued the designation under the Support Anti-Terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies (SAFETY) Act.

The DHS certification recognizes Hygard BL80 – a blast-resistant transparent structural shield for buildings – as a promising antiterrorism technology, according to Bayer MaterialScience. Additionally, the certification limits a building owner’s legal liability for installing and utilizing the technology.

Hygard BL80 is transparent, lending itself to an open architectural appearance but can also be decorated as desired, says Roger Rumer, marketing leader, public sector business for Bayer MaterialScience LLC. The shield also offers the potential ability to absorb the force of an external blast to protect a structure, its occupants and provide operational continuity for critical infrastructure makes it an appealing solution for government agencies, says Bob Pyles, co-inventor and pursuit team leader, Hygard Structural Integrity Systems.

Hygard BL80 is comprised of laminated, transparent polymer panels attached to a structural steel frame that is supported on a concrete foundation. Shock-range and open-tube testing demonstrated Hygard BL80 can withstand 80 psi peak pressure and 380 psi-msec impulse.

The blast-resistant structural shield is the first product launch from Bayer’s Public Sector business.

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