Precast Panel Blast Testing Summary
Two blast tests were performed on monolithic precast panels of the ProtectiFlex technology at the Stone-OBL blast testing site located in Deschutes County, Oregon near Bend, Oregon. An existing reinforced concrete reaction structure was supplemented with a rigid steel frame and plate system to accommodate the test panel, as shown in Figure 1.
Figure 1- Stone-OBL Test Fixture with Steel Frame and Plate System
The blast-tested monolithic precast panels were nominally 8-ft (2440-mm) tall by 4-ft (1220-mm) wide by 8-inch (203-mm) thick. They were each reinforced with double mats of #3 (9.5-mm) fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) rebar.
The explosive charges used in the testing program were equivalent to car and truck bomb threats with different standoff distances for each test. The performance of the monolithic precast panels during these tests were recorded using sensors and normal and high-speed cameras. The ranges of gauge readings recorded for positive phase pressure and impulse are presented in Table 1, along with summary of the blast performance. Figure 2 and Figure 3 show photographs of the ProtectiFlex monolithic precast panel following Test 1 and Test 2, respectively.
Blast Test Results
Table 1. Blast Test Results Summary
|Test||Specimen||Charge Standoff||Peak Pressure||Positive Phase Impulse||Post Test Notes|
|Minor horizontal hairline flexural cracks in inbound and rebound. No observable permanent deflection. No spall or debris. Response categorized as Superficial Damage/HLOP* for secondary element.|
| 164-204 psi-ms
|More Prominent horizontal hairline flexural cracks in inbound and rebound than in Text 1. Minor permanent deflection observered. No spall or debris. Response categorized as Moderate Damage/MLOP* for secondary element.|
Figure 2. Post-Test Photos of Test 1
Figure 3. Post‐Test Photos of Test 2
ProtectiFlex Precast Panel Blast Test - External View
ProtectiFlex Precast Panel Blast Test - Internal View
Table 2. Summary - Wall Type/Weight/Damage Comparison
|8" Thick ProtectiFlex
8" Thick Reinforced Concrete (100lb/ft2
8" Thick Masonry (80 lb/ft2
|≤ 50' Standoff||> 50' Standoff||ProtectiFlex wall noticeably more flexible with no permanent deflection.|
|40' Standoff||>40' Standoff||ProtectiFlex wall noticeably more flexible with no permanent deflection.|
Similar required standoffs for specific wall spans and thicknesses can be generated using a single-degree-of-freedom (SDOF) methodology. It can be shown via SDOF analysis that reinforced concrete and fully grouted masonry walls spanning 8 feet (2440 mm) with a thickness of 8 inches (203 mm) and #3 conventional vertical reinforcement at 12 inches (305 mm) on center on each face are expected to achieve Moderate Damage (i.e., maximum deflection of 1.7 inches or 43 mm) for Explosive Weight WI, similar to the explosive weight used in each test, at a standoff as close as 40 to 50 feet (12.2 to 15.2 m). A significantly larger standoff would be required to achieve Superficial Damage for these construction types, a consequence of the stiff walls having a very low elastic deflection limit (i.e., less than 0.2 inch or 5 mm).
An 8-inch (203-mm) thick normal weight reinforced concrete wall weighs 100 psf (490 kg/m2), while an 8-inch (203-mm) thick, fully grouted medium weight reinforced masonry wall weighs 80 psf (390 kg/m2). This blast testing program compared the standoffs and wall weights used in the test program to the required standoffs and wall weights noted above.
As a basis of comparison, reinforced concrete and fully grouted masonry walls spanning 8 feet (2440 mm) with a thickness of 8 inches (203 mm) and #3 conventional vertical reinforcement at 12 inches (305 mm) on center on each face are expected to achieve Moderate Damage for Explosive Weight WI from UFC 4-010-01 at the tested standoffs listed in Table 1.
It can be observed that the standoff at which the tested 8-inch (203-mm) thick ProtectiFlex monolithic precast wall panel system achieved a Moderate Damage is similar to that of these two typical construction types. The weight of the ProtectiFlex wall in these cases (78 psf or 380 kg/m2) approaches reinforced masonry (80 psf or 390 kg/m2), but is significantly less than reinforced concrete (100 psf or 490 kg/m2). Moreover, per the results of the 50-ft (15.2-m) standoff case, it appears that the ProtectiFlex is noticeably more flexible than either reinforced concrete or masonry, allowing it to deflect more than these wall types without sustaining permanent deflections.
Close-In Blast Testing
Multiple Hand Carried Bombs Scenario
Hand carried bomb threat scenarios were performed at close range on ProtectiFlex panels and standard reinforced concrete panels. The reinforced concrete panels were badly damaged or destroyed, becoming a flying debris hazard; And while the ProtectiFlex panels showed effects of the blast the coating layers and panel itself remained more structurally intact, minimizing the effects of fragmentation, spalling and risk of collapse or secondary entry.
High Speed Video
Repeated Close-In Blasts on Single Panel
A ProtectiFlex panel was also subjected to repeated close range blasts for a hand carried bomb threat scenario at progressively smaller standoffs, simulating the size and effects of a PBIED. After 3 charges, the panel remained undamaged.
Panel After 3 Close-In Blasts
Precast Panel Ballistic Testing Summary
A ballistic resistance testing evaluation of the ProtectiFlex precast panel technology was conducted within an indoor range at Oregon Ballistic Laboratories in Salem, Oregon for various thicknesses of the ProtectiFlex precast panel technology in accordance with UL 752 and NIJ-STD-0108.01 testing standards. The muzzle of the test barrel was mounted at selected distances from the target and positioned to produce 0-degree obliquity impacts. Ballistic test Setup is shown in Figure 4.
Figure 4. Ballistic Test Set-Up
All panels tested for both ballistic testing standards had overall dimensions of 3 feet (910 mm) wide by 3 feet (910 mm) tall with thicknesses ranging from 3 inches (76 mm) to 10 inches (254 mm). Figure 5 shows a representative ballistic test specimen. Two developed proprietary mix designs for the ProtectiFlex precast system were evaluated. The mixes are designated as Ballistic Mix Design and Ballistic-Blast Mix Design. Further details of the ballistics testing results and associated ballistic ratings for the various thicknesses evaluated can be requested and released to authorized organizations.
Figure 5. Ballistic Test Specimen
Ballistic Test Results
Overall, the ballistic testing results and assessment show that a thinner and lighter ProtectiFlex layer than concrete or masonry is needed to protect against higher ballistic ratings such as the UL 752 Level 10 threat, as well as to NIJ-STD-0108.01 Levels III and IV. Overall, the biggest advantage of the ProtectiFlex precast wall panel system is seen in its mass-efficient protection against the larger ballistic threats (e.g., .50 caliber) and minimizing any potential spalling and debris.
4” thick slabs of ProtectiFlex with the FireCap coating were subjected to a constant 2000 °F, simulating UL 1709 conditions as an upper-bound for the fire load. After 60 minutes of direct fire impingement, the backside remained cool to the touch. Further details of the flame fire testing results and associated information on the FireCap coating can be requested and released to authorized organizations.