Shatterproof glass to revolutionize building design
British scientists have come up with an invention that could change the future of architecture and enhance the safety of citizens throughout the country.
International steel glazing systems company Wrightstyle has launched a shatterproof glass capable of withstanding the equivalent of 500 kilos of TNT explosives.
It is being heralded as a huge step towards limiting the human casualties of terrorism.
Up to 85 per cent of secondary injuries in a bomb blast are caused by flying shards of broken glass and architects will be keen to incorporate the new material into designs.
Wrightstyle international sales director Simon Bennett said:"We may not have yet taken explosives from the hands of terrorists. But for the occupants of those buildings that incorporate the latest blast-resistant steel glazing systems, we have taken away an equally potent weapon: the glass itself."
"This is also good news for architects and town planners, because sensitive buildings can again be built with beautiful glass facades that offer very high levels of protection."
The glass is designed so as not to shatter when hit by the shockwave of the bomb and test runs saw it withstand a lorry bomb and a car bomb.
In New York on 9/11 a senior fire officer was among many injured by the 15,500 damaged windows, having 47 shards of glass pulled from his eye.