At the F.P.E.D. (Force Protection Equipment Demonstration) show on May 9-11 2001 at the Quantico Marine Base in Virginia, LINE-X XS-350 was featured at the Air Force Research Laboratory booth and was demonstrated daily. Air Force representatives told LINE-X that we can tell “the world” that LINE-X XS-350 was the only coating, out of 27 selected, to pass all of their bomb blast tests.
At the demo site, two walls 9′ x 9′ were erected. “They were the typical construction that one would find on mobile military buildings… used extensively in Southwest Asia by the US Military.” These were constructed using 2×4 studs, 16″ on center, corrugated aluminum siding, and particle board paneling. As you can see from the photos, one of the two
walls (the tan colored) was coated with LINE-X XS-350. In this test, 50 pounds of TNT was used at a distance of 35 feet. The uncoated wall (white) was destroyed while the LINE-X XS -350ed wall is unharmed. As you can see from the bottom right photo, the TNT left a substantial crater.
The LINE-X XS-350 wall in the photos was actually used twice. This was the second impact. The destroyed uncoated wall was removed and a new-uncoated one was installed for the test shown.
The Air Force Research lab, during a previous test, found that it took at least 1,000 pounds equivalent of TNT to “make LINE-X XS – 350 fail and even then it only tore the coating… fragmentation was still averted. LINE-X XS-350 could save lives if applied to buildings subjected to bomb force.”
According to the Air Force Research Lab, an 1/8th inch coating, front and back, reduces the “stand off distance by over 50%.” And that LINE-X XS -350 should be used for any buildings, structures or vehicles that might get exposed to bomb impact.