The new research went beyond previous work in this area. Scientists applied sophisticated analysis
“We simulated shock waves traveling through the air and then studied how they get into building structures,” explains Professor Tambiratnam.
The solution, detailed in the article, is to absorb the energy of the explosion with a shock-absorbing layer between the glass panels and reinforce the cable ties,
“The glass will definitely crack, but this layer holds the particles together,” emphasizes Professor Tambiratnam.
In fact, this study can be calledinnovative as it provided design guidelines for optimized explosion-proof cable-supported facades without any expensive external devices.
Double-walled facades are twoglass shells separated by an air passage. Ultimately, the double cladding function can be used as a retrofit method to convert existing conventional facades into blast-resistant facades.
The researchers specifically examined the facades,which are mainly used in hotel lobbies, shopping malls and airport terminals, which not only have a lot of glass, but can also attract terrorists.
Scientists studied case studies of realexplosive scenarios and found that up to 90 percent of blast-related injuries in bomb attacks were caused by flying glass fragments and other debris from the facade.
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