Infrastructure Solutions

Hardwire Bridge Armor

Today’s bridge structures are vulnerable to fires, impact damage from collisions, weather-related damage, and terrorist attacks. Hardwire designs, develops, tests, and implements robust reinforcement and protection systems for bridges to mitigate against these threats. Hardwire’s technology is flexible and adaptable, allowing the customer to customize protection depending on the structure. Hardwire’s engineering team has successfully installed armor on bridges around the country, improving the safety of our infrastructure for everyday users.

E-Glass Armor Panels

Hardwire E-Glass Armor is an affordable robust reinforcement armor panel system developed for structural strength upgrades and applications requiring fragment protection of buildings and critical infrastructure. Hardwire LLC partnered with Strongwell, the world's largest pultruder of fiber reinforced polymer composites, to manufacture these ballistic resistant panels using specially constructed glass reinforcement in a proprietary resin matrix. The result: a lightweight and incredibly cost effective ballistic panel designed to withstand multiple shots from a .44 magnum. When it comes to protection, nothing beats the price of Hardwire E-Glass Armor.

Hardwire Bridge Armor

  • Most Advanced Armor Solution for Bridges
  • Design Allows for Easy Disassembly for Periodic Inspections and Maintenance
  • Protection Over a Wide Range of Threats
  • Offers Blast and Corrosion-Resistant Components
  • Based on Gained Expertise from Military Applications
  • Fortification Qualities for Bridges, Tunnels and Buildings

Strengthening and protecting our nation's infrastructure is a hot topic for today's engineers, contractors and bridge owners. These structures are vulnerable to fires, impact damage from collisions, weather-related destruction from floods, hurricanes and tornadoes - and in our post 9/11 world - the threat of terrorist attacks.

The development of an effective blast-and impact-resistant reinforcement system that is also cost-efficient has eluded the infrastructure industry - until now. Hardwire Bridge Armor, a high-tensile steel reinforcement solution developed by Hardwire, LLC, offers the strength and resiliency needed for today's structures and infrastructure components - at an affordable price.

Hardwire Bridge Armor is a proven and robust reinforcement system that utilizes Hardwire LLC's unique high-strength steel fabrics, which consist of thin, twisted, 450,000 psi, high-tensile steel cords that are 11 times stronger than a typical steel plate, as well as other components to form composites that are blast-, cut- and fire-resistant.

Compared to high-strength carbon fiber, which is typically used for reinforcing structures, Hardwire Bridge Armor is available at a fraction of the cost.

Hardwire Bridge Armor is designed to fit both suspension and cable stay bridges and has been successfully implemented on several structures in the United States.

Hardwire Bridge Armor offers efficient installation, right on the job site, and can be easily disassembled for periodic maintenance and inspection. The installation procedure does not require any cutting or destruction of the shielding, as all shielding remains intact, ready for reassembly.

The flexibility and adaptability of the Hardwire technology permits the bridge owner to develop a strategy that specifically meets each situation. Hardwire is not simply an off-the-shelf solution, Hardwire has the ability to customize the technology in a cost-effective manner.

Customization is aided by Hardwire's testing capabilities to validate the performance of its custom solutions. Hardwire's ballistic range can test armor solutions against threats from small arms fire up to high velocity 20 mm fragment simulating projectiles (FSP). Hardwire also has off-site facilities which can test numerous weapons such as IED's, EFP's, and other terrorist grade explosives, and in-house capabilities to build and model those same explosives.

Due to the nature of these types of security projects, the specific threats are closely held.

E-Glass Armor Panels

  • Advanced Armor Panel Solutions
  • Provides Multi-Hit Ballistic, AP and IED Fragment Armor Protection
  • Offers Superior Armor Performance Optimizing Weight, Mass and Cost
  • Overhead Protection Panel Armor Solution
  • Continued Development and Testing To Provide Protection Against New Threats
  • A Solution for Homeland Security Protection

Hardwire E-Glass Armor is an affordable robust reinforcement armor panel system developed for structural strength upgrades and applications requiring fragment protection of buildings and critical infrastructure. Hardwire LLC partnered with Strongwell, the world's largest pultruder of fiber reinforced polymer composites, to manufacture these ballistic resistant panels using specially constructed glass reinforcement in a proprietary resin matrix. The result: a lightweight and incredibly cost effective ballistic panel designed to withstand multiple shots from a .44 magnum. When it comes to protection, nothing beats the price of Hardwire E-Glass Armor. Hardwire E-Glass Armor can provide protection to comply with UL Level 1 through 8 and NIJ Level 1 through 4.These systems offer advanced methods of fortifying infrastructure and components in need of structural strength upgrades as well as blast-resistance or blast-mitigation retrofits. Hardwire E-Glass Armor is independently tested on a regular basis to ensure conformance to certain specification requirements. The E-Glass Armor panels have been independently tested to UL752 Level 3 and NIJ (National Institute of Justice) Level 3A. This panel measures 0.5" thick and weighs approximately 5lbs per square foot. Hardwire E-Glass Armor has also tested effectively against storm damage. With effective testing and impressive turn around, Hardwire LLC can supply up to 3,000 4-foot x 8-foot Hardwire E-Glass Armor sheets a week. And Hardwire E-Glass Armor panels are easy to install as they can be cut and drilled using ordinary carpenter's tools. A carbide "grit edge" blade is recommended for cutting. Installation of panels is easily accomplished with bolts, screws or industrial grade adhesive. Hardwire E-Glass is used by the U.S. Army and the U.S. State Department in overhead protection applications and to protect buildings and structures. This versatile armor solution has also evolved into infrastructure reinforcement armor for items such as judge benches, jury boxes, convenience stores, bank teller areas, panic rooms and safe rooms, storm shelters, bridges and tunnels.

HS Case Study

A public defender's building in Georgia was outfitted with E-Glass Armor as drywall for protection. Contractors easily installed the panels to create a smooth wall surface on these rooms, mimicking dry wall, but providing the security desired.