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The science of security fencing

The science of security fencing

31st July 2018

Creating a successful security fencing solution is a surprisingly scientific process. As you are undoubtedly aware, the fencing has to be strong and stable. It also has to be resistant to wear-and-tear caused by continuous use, harsh weather and the passage of time. What you may not realise is that one needs a firm grasp of several important scientific concepts in order to develop fencing solutions that fulfill these requirements. In today’s blog, we’ll look at the concepts used to create security fencing and measure its success.

1. Tensile strength

In essence, tensile strength is a measure of how well a material can resist pressure. Steel has a very high tensile strength. Of course, different types of steel have slightly different strengths, but most sturdy, well-made steels have a tensile strength that exceeds 60000psi. This means they can cope with over 60000lbs of pressure per square inch. Many permanent security fencing solutions utilise steel which has been formed into a wire mesh. The flexible wire mesh structure provides additional shock absorption while the tensile strength of the steel resists the basic pressure applied by a would-be intruder.

2. Stability

The stability of a fencing panel is just as important as its strength. It doesn’t matter if a fence is made from steel that can resist 60000lbs of pressure without breaking if each panel will simply fall over instead. Permanent fencing solutions achieve stability by using buried supports or foundations. Fencing panels that are connected to underground supports won’t topple over easily because the ground itself holds them in position. Temporary fencing solutions simply have very heavy bases that move each panel’s centre of gravity closer to the ground. It’s harder to knock something down if its centre of gravity is closer to ground level.

3. Non-reactivity

Security fencing solutions are constantly bombarded by sun, wind, rain and the pollutants in the atmosphere. That’s why it’s very important to make them from non-reactive materials. Non-reactive materials don’t readily interact with other elements at the molecular level. As a result, they aren’t weakened by chemicals in rainwater, toxins in the atmosphere or the bleaching effect of direct sunlight. Steel is an example of a non-reactive material, particularly compared to iron (the metal from which it is derived), which rusts when exposed to moisture.

Here at Zaun, we truly understand the science of creating top-quality security fencing solutions. We use non-reactive materials with high-tensile strengths and even protect them from the elements using powder-coating. We also endeavour to provide maximum stability when we install fencing panels. If you need a security solution to protect your site or premises, choose your provider scientifically. Choose Zaun.