Our history working with military agencies
From inception, Reinforced Earth® retaining walls were figured as a logical extension for constructing critical structures to protect against explosions, fire, and bombardment. The technology’s performance had already been established in many previous applications. Ordinary earthen structures offer advantages in protective barrier applications. However, Reinforced Earth® provides the additional benefit of vertical revetments, which not only minimize ground area requirements, but also increase the degree of protection.
Reinforced Earth® has proven to be a highly stable explosion barrier that impedes the propagation of a blast at ground level and absorbs high levels of energy due to its tolerance for deformation. Because it is resistant to multiple fracturing, Reinforced Earth® tends to minimize the dispersal of debris during an explosion while maintaining high levels of resistance to thermal shock.
The use of Reinforced Earth® walls for protective military structures was rapidly developed through a series of full-scale military testing starting in the middle 1970’s. This research and development continues even today, for example in developing state of the art solutions for designing and furnishing special Terre Armée MSE “bund” structures for dissipation of blast pressures and projectile impact.