Frankfurt International Airport is Germany's main airport hub. It is owned and operated by public body Fraport. Deutsche Flugsicherung (DFS) is the authority responsible for the facility's traffic control.
Blast-Ex jet-blast deflector fences provide safety for vehicles, pedestrians, airport facilities, buildings, and nearby public roads subjected to jet-blast from aircraft manoeuvring on runways, taxiways, and tarmac.
Jet-blast and foreign object damage barriers for the aviation industry
Prop and jet-blasts from manoeuvring aircraft create high-velocity winds, and can also cause foreign object damage (FOD).
Blast-Ex jet-blast deflectors feature blades, that prevent FOD by redirecting airflows to create a chimney effect, and eliminate horizontal jet-blasts. Gaps can be left between blades to allow for a lighter construction.
The deflector’s discrete metal elements are adjustable to deflect air streams by up to 90°. This breaks up wind flow directly behind the fence, and alleviates potential high-impact hazards.
Blast-Ex deflectors can simultaneously withstand jet-blasts at speeds up to 200m/s, and temperatures up to 500°C.
Durable, heat-resistant design
Blast-Ex jet-blast deflectors are manufactured using construction, stainless, and heat-resistant steels. Glass fibre-reinforced plastics are also used in special cases, such as to protect instrument landing system (ILS) / localiser antennas, and other NAV / COM equipment.
Customisable jet-blast deflectors for airport specification
Blast-Ex deflectors are bipartite, and come in transportable or fixed-mounted versions. In addition to standard deflector types, deflectors can be customised to ensure correct height, strength and blast deflection for individual airport specifications.
Corrosion protection and coating
Blast-Ex jet-blast deflectors are hot-dip galvanised during the production process. Powder coating is applied directly after galvanising. The usual need for sweeping (roughing up the surface of the steel) is thus not necessary. The duplex-coating process also produces an excellent and durable colour finish.
Worldwide shipping and installation
Blast-Ex jet-blast deflectors are manufactured in Germany, but the company also provides shipping and installation services for the international airport market.
Flughafen München (FMG), the operator of Europe's only five-star airport, embarked upon an expansion project to meet the growing passenger and traffic needs at Germany's Munich International Airport.
In March 2014, the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) requested a quote and specifications from Blast-Ex for a portable, 30m-long jet-blast deflector fence.
Understanding customer demands and the intended purpose of jet-blast deflectors at airports is the vital first step in order to decide on an appropriate deflector product.