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LINE-X Continues Dominance in Bomb Blast Protective Coatings

Published on 2006-07-03. Author : SpecialChem

SANTA ANA, Calif. -- The LINE-X bomb blast coating truly stands above all other category products in Protecting America against terrorist attacks. In 2001, the Department of the Air Force released technical specs for using LINE-X proprietary product for blast mitigation. A year later, the LINE-X blast mitigation product was statistical shown to out perform 27 other competitors in numerous simulated tests by other federal agencies and the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) to continue its dominance in Protecting America against terrorist bomb blast attacks.

In 2002, LINE-X was officially named by the DOD as the only vendor/supplier in the bomb blast protective coating category and a tactical partner in the military's renovation project of the Pentagon after 9/11. Line-X's proprietary polymer stands above all other in its category and is best known for its superior spray-on protection for truck bedliners.

A series of tests conducted by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and U.S. Army Corps. of Engineers (USACE) also confirmed the LINE-X blast mitigation product would withstand the force of the shockwave from blasts of varying sizes and stand-off distances. It was the only coating product tested by AFRL and USACE to pass every test.

At the annual Force Protection Demonstration at Quantico Marine Corps Base (May 11, 2001), more than 1,000 high-level military and other official dignitaries witnessed a blast equivalent of up to 1,000 pounds of TNT, and fragmentation was still averted.

"The Air Force tests on the coating confirm that the LINE-X polymer actually helps prevent fragmentation of masonry during an explosion," said Steve Decker, director of Industrial Coatings Division for LINE-X. "Other competitive products can not make that claim. One of the greatest threats from a terrorist bomb attack comes from fragmentation -- pieces of walls, windows, fixtures and equipment -- flying at high speeds can result in extensive injury and death," stated Decker.

Recent terrorist attacks have demonstrated the vulnerability of U.S. military and civilian personnel and the facilities where they work and live. Steel or concrete frames with reinforced infill concrete masonry unit walls are a common type of exterior construction in many parts of the world. Unreinforced masonry walls provide limited protection against air blast due to explosions.

Retrofitting existing un-reinforced concrete masonry unit walls with the sprayed-on Line-X polymer coating takes advantage of the toughness and resiliency properties of the material to effectively absorb and dissipate the blast energy. Although sprayed walls may shatter in a blast event, the elastomer material remains intact and contains the debris, significantly limiting fragmentation.

"Terrorist attack is one of the biggest threats of the new millennium, greatly surpassing the likelihood of world war," added Decker.

In August of 2004, the New Mexico Tech's Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center (EMRTC) outside Socorro, NM, tested the LINE-X bomb blast mitigation product by detonating over 200 lbs. of TNT and five lbs. of C-4 Plastic Explosives at a stand-off distance of approximately 30 feet. The room protected with LINE-X remained virtually intact and the occupant survived the blast. The unprotected room was totally destroyed and the occupant perished.

The LINE-X polymer coating product is considered the right choice for civil and peacetime applications including nuclear power plant facilities, subway tunnels, airport parking structures, and numerous other government, public and military buildings.

Source: LINE-X

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