Steel mesh catcher system for blast debris protection
Shock tube testing was used to assess the blast performance of a proprietary metal mesh drapery known as “GuardianCoil”. The system was used to stop projectiles from fragmentation of unreinforced masonry (URM) walls and glazed windows and was installed on the unloaded/interior side of these non-structural elements. Each test sample was subjected to a single, destructive pressure-impulse combination generating high velocity projectiles. The GuardianCoil contained the entirety of the unreinforced masonry block walls and prevented potentially life threatening projectiles from penetrating the test area. It also contained the entirety of the large glass fragments within the first meter of the drapery. The pieces of mortar or glass that penetrated the test area were limited to the weave size, and did not pose a life safety hazard.