Frangible masts have various applications in different industries to enhance safety and reduce damage. Their innovative design means they are made to break or deform upon impact. Here’s a list of some of the many uses of frangible masts:

Aviation runway lighting systems

Frangible masts are commonly used to support approach lighting systems at airports. They break away upon impact, minimising damage to aircraft in case of accidents during landings.

Wind turbines

Frangible masts are employed in wind energy installations. They allow wind turbines to collapse or tilt safely during extreme weather conditions, reducing the risk of catastrophic failure.

A white frangible wind turbine against a blue sky with wispy white clouds

Marine navigation aids

Frangible masts are used for buoys, beacons, and lighthouses in marine navigation. They break or deform when struck by vessels, preventing damage to the mast and protecting the safety of ships.

Communication towers

Frangible masts are used to support antennas and communication equipment on towers. In the event of a collision or severe weather, the mast breaks. This minimises the impact on surrounding structures and equipment.

Agricultural sprinkler systems

Frangible masts can be used in agricultural settings to support sprinkler systems. They break away upon contact with vehicles or equipment, preventing damage to the irrigation system.

Sporting event structures

Temporary structures, such as goalposts in football or rugby, can be fitted with frangible masts to reduce the risk of injury to athletes and spectators in the case of collisions.

Space launch platforms

In the aerospace industry, frangible masts are used to support launch platforms. They are designed to collapse or detach during rocket launches, ensuring the safety of the launch site.

Landscape image of rocket at launch with frangible structure surrounding the launch site

Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD)

Frangible masts are employed in EOD operations to safely detonate or dispose of explosives. They help direct the force of the explosion upward and away from personnel and equipment.

Search and rescue operations

Frangible masts can be used in search and rescue missions to support equipment like antennas or lighting systems. If a helicopter or other equipment impacts the mast, it breaks away to minimise damage.

Military training facilities

Frangible masts are used in military training scenarios. This can include aircraft carrier deck simulations or urban warfare training, to enhance safety during exercises.

Security and surveillance systems

Frangible masts can be used for surveillance cameras, sensors, and security equipment. They break away upon tampering or collision, preventing damage to the equipment.

Telescopes and observatories

In the field of astronomy, frangible masts can be used to support telescopes and observatory equipment. They break away during strong winds or accidents to protect the delicate instruments.

Traffic signal and streetlight poles

Frangible masts are sometimes used for traffic signal and street light poles in high-traffic areas. They break away upon collision, reducing the risk of injury to pedestrians and drivers.

Street light - a frangible structure - against a pink and purple sunset

Radar and weather monitoring systems

Frangible masts can be used to support radar and weather monitoring equipment. They are designed to break away during severe weather events, protecting the equipment from damage.

Versatility of frangible masts

These examples showcase the versatility of frangible masts in enhancing safety across a wide range of industries and applications. In addition to all of these amazing uses, the masts can be adapted for various customised safety applications. These add to the list of incredible ways they can enhance and ensure safety in specific settings.

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