Changing the Face of Construction

About 30,000 square feet of reinforced concrete tilt-up walls at a facility in Phoenix were repaired with a hybrid carbon/S-gla ss wrap to provide seismic protection and lateral sheer reinforcement.

In testing sponsored by the Department of Defense, two unreinforced concrete masonry walls were constructed within a larger containment structure, with each wall being 8-ft. wide x 11-ft. high. One wall served as the control specimen, and the other was retrofitted with Blastek inside and outside.

A TNT explosive blast destroyed the control wall on the left, while the protected wall on the right remained intact.

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