By Cameron Chai
Bayer MaterialScience, a producer of high-performance plastics and high-tech polymers, has developed an advanced solution for protecting buildings and occupants from explosive attacks.
The Bayer MaterialScience LLC Hygard® BL80 Shock-Wave Sentinel’s blast-resistant structural envelope offers a new level of protection for buildings and occupants and avoids re-construction or moving costs associated with traditional solutions.
The Hygard BL80 Shock-Wave Sentinel preserves the aesthetic appearance of buildings and can be incorporated into the structure of the building.
Bayer’s Hygard BL80 overcomes the disadvantages associated with traditional approaches. It is designed to protect the building structure and minimize damage by absorbing the shock wave of a bomb blast. The Hygard BL80 can withstand explosive blasts that generate an impulse of 380 psi-msec and a pressure of 80 psi. These values are 30% higher than the tough explosion resistance standards. The blast-resistant structural envelope demonstrated these properties in the open-range and shock-tube testing.
The Hygard BL80 Shock-Wave Sentinel preserves the functionality of the structure. It adds to the architectural aesthetics of the building. The product can be used in new structures and can also be used for retrofitting of the existing structures. During construction, the necessity for temporary relocation can be avoided. It will also minimize the disruption of operations that occur due to location.
Bayer will manufacture the patent-pending Hygard BL80 in compliance with procedures and processes compliant with ISO-9001. The marketing leader for Public Sector Business at Bayer MaterialScience, Roger Rumer, has said that the Hygard BL80 will contribute to the security of critical buildings, infrastructure and their occupants.