the expert in blast-resistant façades
A façade can be very attractive, but, structurally speaking, it is often the weakest part of a building's exterior. When taking security measures it is therefore important to give careful consideration to your façade's construction. Are you looking for a blast-resistant façade? Then you need look no further than aalbers|wico - the specialist in structural blast security. We manufacture, supply and install blast-resistant façades precisely in accordance with your specifications. If you wish, they can also be offered in combination with intruder-, ballistic- and fire-resistant properties.
tested in practice
We not only calculate the resistance level of our blast-resistant façades on paper - we test it in practice too, in our own test centre. Here we check whether the façades meet the required level of mechanical resistance (as described in the European standards) or the desired level of protection (as specified in the US GSA standard).
Our façades are based on standards such as EN 13123, 13124 and 13541, the US GSA guidelines, and ISO 16933 and 16943, but we can also go one step further. If stipulated in the Schedule of Requirements, we can supply a façade offering the actual level of resistance you need. The official standards form the starting point here, but the façade undergoes further testing on the basis of additional criteria.
Find out more about standards for blast-resistant façades in our knowledge centre.
In our test centre we can examine the resistance of a façade under virtually all conditions using realistic tests. This is possible as we have the space to carry out open field tests and our facilities also include a shock tube.
Find out more about testing methods for blast-resistant façades in our knowledge centre.
During field tests and shock tube tests, the resistance class of a blast-resistant façade is defined on the basis of various factors: these include the weight of the explosive, the distance at which the explosion takes place, the peak pressure, impulse and duration of the pulse of the explosion and whether there is any splintering.
Find out more about resistance classes for blast-resistant façades in our knowledge centre.