Airbus Frangible Jet Blast Fence

Frangible Blast Fence Protects Public Roadway

Project Details

Location: Hawarden Airport
Wales, United Kingdom
Project: Beluga XL Runway Extension
Customer: Airbus UK Limited
Owner: Airbus SA
  • Adherence to strict aesthetic guidelines
  • Multi-phased project required careful coordination with main contractor

An expansion at Airbus’s Broughton facility involved mitigating the effects of takeoff velocities produced by new Beluga XL aircraft. This required a new jet blast barrier to protect a public roadway. Due to the proximity to the runway, the blast fence required the incorporation of high-visibility orange and white sheets and breakaway (frangible) anchors in the event of an aircraft collision.

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