LINE-X Protective Coatings declared that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has issued a safety initiative recommendation to the company’s PAXCON protective coatings to retrofit government facilities, military bases and vehicles.
The USACE’s recommendation process was based on the superior performance of the PAXCON Protective Coatings during a series of blast mitigation tests conducted by the agency at the Baker Engineering and Risk Consultants facility located close to San Antonio, Texas.
The tests were conducted to determine the ability of the walls coated with different protective coatings to withstand a specific blast load. The results will be utilized to design a computerized model for developing retrofits of the current government buildings across the world to fulfill better blast mitigation specifications.
The USACE Protective Design Center’s Mike Bequette commented that PAXCON-coated walls demonstrated greater degree of integrity and reduced the fragmentation of the masonry, which is important in improving occupant safety.
Bequette further stated that the gathered data will be utilized to design a model for the general unreinforced, polymer retrofitted walls, which will be added in the upcoming release of the Protective Design Center’s Single-Degree of Freedom Blast Effects Design Spreadsheet (SBEDS v5.0) for developing retrofits for government structures in the upcoming renovations.
Architects can easily choose the PAXCON product required from a drop-down list or manually feed product-specific polymer characteristics into the SBEDS. LINE-X Protective Coatings’ Vice President of International Operations and PAXCON, Steve Decker stated that the SBEDS program, which readily offers the required information, has a positive effect on the domestic and global facility security.