Construction Chamber promotes physical infrastructure protection
VSL India (Pvt) Ltd. and VSL Australia subsidiaries of VSL
International of Switzerland will make a presentation on Physical
Infrastructure Protection at the seminar on Recent Trends in Concrete
Construction which will be held today.
VSL is a specialist construction partner with considerable expertise
in large-scale construction projects.
Large-scale blast testing of VSL protection panels
Over the last five years, VSL's special division in infrastructure
protection has been developing solutions for protecting new and existing
infrastructure based on a material technology called Ductal(r). Ductal(r)
is a new generation material containing a large quantity of fine steel
fibres in a cementitious matrix, which gives it exceptional resistance
to blast and impact. This has been demonstrated through large-scale
blast trials, close charge testing and ballistic ratings.
Recent large-scale blast tests of Ductal(r) Protection Panels using
5t of TNT, demonstrated Ductal's exceptional energy absorbing
characteristics. Other tests have been undertaken to demonstrate the
behaviour of this material when exposed to close charge blasts, with no
fragmentation or breach of the panel.
Ductal(r) Protection Panels have achieved multiple ballistic
certifications after successfully protecting against mortar fragments
and armour piercing projectiles.
VSL Protection Solutions are engineered for multi threat protection
using the material technology Ductal(r). This technology allows for
flexible design customised to the client's requirements. Solutions can
be constructed on site or provided in kit-set form.
VSL recently completed a perimeter protection structure in a high
treat location to protect a critical building from VIED, vehicle born
improvised explosive devices.
VSL successfully delivered an economic protection solution to a
Government client by providing design, fabrication and supply
VSL Protection Panel after obtaining STANAG level 4 rating
for armour piercing projectiles
service in a single package. VSL expert engineers conducted
state-of-the-art finite element analysis and 3D modelling of the
structure to determine the structural loads, as well as construction
requirements, within an extremely difficult environment.
The solution utilised prefabricated Ductal(r) Protection Panels with
a thickness of only 100mm and weighing 250kg/m2 as the primary barrier
to the threat. Panels are supported by a custom designed steel
The entire protection solution was delivered in kit-set form in
standard shipping containers. The kit-set design and detailed
installation manual ensures simple construction, which can be undertaken
by the client using their own resources.
VSL Protection Solutions technical centre is currently developing
solutions for re-locatable accommodation and storage containers,
critical pipeline protection, and modular up-grade solutions to existing
infrastructure, including perimeter walling and external cladding.
Developments are undertaken in collaboration with Government agencies
and independent experts in the field of infrastructure protection.
The VSL Protection Solution group will provide preliminary design and
feasibility analysis through to project delivery and project management