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Countermeasures to Hand-Emplaced Attack Methods on Steel Bridge Members

Project Information

Project ID: 
FHWA-PROJ-13-0044
Project Status: 
Programmed
Start Date: 
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
End Date: 
Monday, September 30, 2019
FHWA Program: 
Infrastructure
FHWA Subprogram: 
Long-Term Infrastructure Performance
FHWA Topics: 
Research/Technologies--Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center (TFHRC)
TRT Terms: 
Access Control (Transportation); Explosives; Countermeasures; Research; Infrastructure; Bridges
FHWA Discipline: 
Structures
TRB Subject Area: 
Bridges and other structures

Contact Information

First Name: 
Vince
Last Name: 
Chiarito
Telephone: 
(202) 366-4621
Email Address: 
Team: 
Structural Engineering Team
Office:
Office of Bridges and Structures
Office Code: 
HIBS-10

Project Details

Project Description: 

From field evaluation reports, the project will inventory bridge members and Hand-Emplaced Improvised Explosive Devices (HEIEDs) modes of attack. The project will list, and provide a rating for, existing or recommended HEIED retrofit measures of two kinds: Access Control and Blast/Cutting Mitigation.  For each member, the project will establish performance requirements for HEIED countermeasures and assess retrofit upgrade options. The project will develop and test selected retrofit upgrade options. Finally, it will develop Material and Design Specifications and a Process Control Manual, and will develop recommendations for effective field implementation of these methods.

Goals:

  • Establish the performance requirements for two types of countermeasures to Hand-Emplaced Improvised Explosive Devices (HEIEDs): Access Control Devices and Blast/Cutting Mitigation Components.   
  • Develop research program recommendations (Development and Testing) for improving countermeasure performance in the following areas: Access Control Devices and Blast/Cutting Mitigation Components.
  • Develop recommendations for implementation of access control and blast/cutting mitigation for HEIEDs, which includes methods currently available and those improvements developed under this research.

Deliverables

Deliverable Name: 
Research program recommendations and implementation assessment and recommendations to counter hand-emplaced improvised explosive and cutting devices.
Deliverable Type: 
Research report or guidelines
Deliverable Description: 
Research program recommendations (Development and Testing) for improving countermeasure performance in the following areas: Access Control Devices and Blast/Cutting Mitigation Components. Implementation assessment and recommendations.