Shatter-proof – blast-resistant glazing


The federal building destroyed in the Oklahoma bombing, and other government and federal buildings in the USA, are been fitted with blast-resistant glazing. The system consists of laminated glass which is bonded to structural steel framing. During the blast the glass is cracked, but is retained by the laminated interlayer and the frame. Standard ASTM F2248-03 provides guidance for the design of blast resistant glazing, based upon bomb size and distance from the building.

Primary author(s): Barista D

Source: Build.Des.Constr.

             Vol.45, No.1, 2004, p.47-48




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