A ground breaking concept developed by Cintec international comprises a range of self inflating, water-filled structures which are capable of providing a high level of protection to people and property against a range of terrorist devices, including those containing chemical, biological and radiological agents.
Manufactured from poly-vinyl-chloride (PVC) coated fabric, Waterwall structures are internally reinforced using a specialist stitching technique to enable them to maintain their shape and stability. Before use, the structures are partially inflated with air to assist with handling and positioning. They are then filled with water, which displaces the air through a pressure relief valve.
The time taken to fill each unit varies depending on its size and the pressure of the water supply but typically takes ten minutes or less. The water can then be emptied out and the unit stored for future use.
Waterwall products of varying shapes and sizes have been designed to contain and isolate devices ranging in size from a shoe to a car bomb. These include the Mini Hex Bin, Maxi Hex Bin, Blast Bin and Ram Bag. The structural Stability of the Waterwall design has also enabled Cintec International to produce a unit large enough to enclose a vehicle of up to seven tonnes, also a range of blast panels that can be linked together and rapidly deployed to lessen the impact of explosions for checkpoint security and vehicle search purposes.
With prices starting from £1200 the cost effective nature of the Waterwall range puts effective blast mitigation within reach of every government and private organisation.
The Waterwall system is protected by worldwide patents.
- Significantly reduces the velocity of fragments produced by an explosion;
- If the water layer is thick enough it will stop all fragments completely;
- Reduces blast pressures by as much as 95%;
- Combination of fragment containment and blast suppression creates an ‘ideal’ mitigation system;
- Thin layers of water can prevent the ‘sympathetic’ detonation of neighbouring ammunition stacks;
- Low ‘down-range’ hazard;
- Readily available in urban areas where the threats of terrorist attacks are highest;
- Captures of forensic evidence when used in against improvised explosive devices;
- Inhibits the formation of toxic gas cloud;
- Can be pre-mixed with decontaminants to facilitate clean up following a ‘dirty bomb’ attack.
The Waterwall® System is based around the requirement that each component in the system must be capable of rapid deployment, use simple, inexpensive materials and can accept any type of water. Furthermore, each component must be capable of dramatically reducing blast effects; it can also be easily stored and transported without the need of mechanical equipment if necessary.
All Waterwall® System components made from PVC coated double wall fabric and are partially inflated with air first to facilitate handling and positioning before the water is introduced into the system. The flow of water into the component purges the air out through a relief valve. The time needed to fill each component will vary depending of the pressure of the water supply but is typically 10 minutes or less. Following use, if the unit is undamaged, the water can be emptied out and the unit stored for reuse. Shelf life of an unused product is indefinite and for a used component in excess of three years.
All products are designed for temporary use although the period of service can be extended to several months should the need arise. In such cases it may be necessary to make minor modifications to the original. Further more, all products shown on this site are generic and sizes, shapes and performance can be adjusted to suit customer requirements. Please contact us for further information..