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Retrofit Composite System Provides Protection from Significant Blast Events

  • Monday, 1st December 2008
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Berry Plastics Corporation has introduced X-FLEX Blast Protection System, designed specifically to absorb energy and mitigate debris hazards during a significant blast event.

Developed through a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) between the Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) of the US Army Corp of Engineers and Engineered Protective Systems of Berry Plastics Corporation, this new stretch-and-catch system uses the technology of elastomeric material to retrofit walls and greatly enhance the ability to mitigate secondary debris hazards associated with blast loads.

“We are excited to be able to introduce a truly unique and unparalleled product that is going to save lives, reduce injury and offer another level of protection to soldiers, military personnel, or anyone working in a structure that is located in a battle zone or high-risk arena,” said Elizabeth A. Curran, Business Development Manager, Berry Plastics Corporation. “In areas where threat risk is high, X-Flex helps provide a measure of safety that was previously unavailable.”

Rigorous full scale testing of X-Flex has resulted in proven performance to specific threat levels (Level and supporting data are available upon request.). The fibre-reinforced polymer composite is engineered for adhesion to CMU, brick and other surfaces, and performs well across a wide temperature range and diverse environmental conditions. X-Flex is moisture, mould and fungus-resistant, and the environmentally friendly product contains no VOCs. Furthermore, it is easy to transport and store, and is equally efficient to install.

“These are factors that are critical to our military personnel,” Ms. Curran said. “Unlike traditional methods for increased protection, which required specialized equipment, toxic materials, difficult transport and lengthy implementation through trained labour, X-Flex can be installed instantly – and performs as soon as it is installed. Two individuals can retrofit a 10-by-10-foot wall in a matter of minutes.”

An adhesive system allows the patent pending X-Flex to be applied to the primed interior side of an exterior wall simply by removing the protective film liner and sticking the product to the wall. X-Flex is further supported by a simple fastener at the top and bottom of the wall at the floor and ceiling interface.

“In areas where the prospect for blast occurrences is a constant threat, the performance of this product is literally the difference between life and death,” Ms. Curran said. “The X-Flex Blast Protection System is engineered for real world threats.”


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