U.S. and Afghan soldiers standing behind a blast wall made from HESCO bastions in Afghanistan in 2012

A blast wall is a barrier designed to protect vulnerable buildings or other structures and the people inside them from the effects of a nearby explosion, whether caused by industrial accident, military action, or terrorism.


Research by Cranfield University Defence Academy, building on earlier work, has shown that blast walls have the following properties:


Damage to Bremer wall concrete barriers in Afghanistan, 2012

Permanent blast walls can be made from pre-cast reinforced concrete,[4] or steel sheeting.[5] Various types of moveable blast wall have been manufactured. These include the Bremer wall concrete barriers used in Iraq and Afghanistan by US Armed Forces, and the Concertainers, wire mesh containers filled with sand or soil, which are used by British Armed Forces.

See also


  1. ^ Smith, Peter. "THE EFFECTIVENESS OF BLAST WALLS" (PDF). www.civ.uth.gr/. Department of Civil Engineering, University of Thessaly. Retrieved 6 November 2014. (p. 5)
  2. ^ Smith p. 7
  3. ^ Smith p. 11
  4. ^ Smith p. 13
  5. ^ Louca, L A; Boh, J W (2004). "Analysis and Design of Profiled Blast Walls" (PDF). www.hse.gov.uk. Health and Safety Executive. Retrieved 6 November 2014.

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