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Project Information
Project ID:   FHWA-PROJ-13-0044
Project Name:   Countermeasures to Hand-Emplaced Attack Methods on Steel Bridge Members
Project Status:   Programmed
Start Date:  September 30, 2015
End Date:  September 30, 2019
Contact Information
Last Name:  Munley
First Name:  Eric P
Telephone:  202-493-3046
E-mail:  eric.munley@dot.gov
Office:   Office of Infrastructure Research and Development
Team:   Hazard Mitigation Team [HRDI-50]
Program:   Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center
Project detail
Roadmap/Focus area(s):   Infrastructure Research and Technology Strategic Plan and Roadmap
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.
(1) Establish the performance requirements for two types of countermeasures to Hand-Emplaced Improvised Explosive Devices (HEIEDs): Access Control Devices and Blast/Cutting Mitigation Components.  
(2) Develop research program recommendations (Development and Testing) for improving countermeasure performance in the following areas: Access Control Devices and Blast/Cutting Mitigation Components.
(3) 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.
Product Type:   Research report
Test Methodology:   Development and testing of retrofit upgrade options will be done in three parts: (1) Manufacture prototype test members identical to, or representative of, upgraded access control devices and blast/cutting mitigation components. (2) Develop a test program to evaluate existing retrofits identified in the project, or potential prototype retrofits, also identified in the project. The program will assess the extent to which each candidate meets the functional requirements identified in the field evaluation assessments. (3) Conduct a limited screening run for the test program.
Expected Benefits:   American bridges will be able to survive terrorist attacks.
Deliverables: Name: Research program recommendations and implementation assessment and recommendations to counter hand-emplaced improvised explosive and cutting devices.
Product Type(s): Research report
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.
FHWA Topics:   Research/Technologies--Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center (TFHRC)
TRT Terms:   Access Control (Transportation)
FHWA Disciplines:   Structures
Subject Areas:   Bridges and other structures


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