Calspan's barrier crash test team have extensive experience with the installation, testing and certification process of anti-ram / perimeter security barriers including bollards, gates, nets and wedges.
While multiple test standards exist, all of them evaluates a systems ability to perform hostile vehicle mitigation by defining acceptable penetration limitations to help determine passive perimeter and active entry point barrier applicability based on the setback distance available at a particular site.
Testing is done using a wide range of vehicles (from cars up to 15,000 lbs trucks) at speeds up to 50 mph.
This common ASTM test standard is commonly used in the US and at Department of Defense and Department of State sites all across the world.
While in many ways very similar to ASTM F2656, this ISO standard is often used in many parts of the world such as Europe and Asia.
The UK test standard for hostile vehicle mitigation (HVM) has similarities to both ASTM F2656 and IWA14:1.
Manufacturers of innovative anti-ram / perimeter security barriers including bollards, gates, nets and wedges that desire to have their product listed on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Protective Design Center’s (PDC’s) website must have their barriers tested to ASTM F2656-20 by an independent laboratory like Calspan. We have been executing this test since this protocol’s inception in 2007, and over the years have gained invaluable expertise in supporting industry innovators.
Other standards, such as IWA and PAS are commonly required for installations in Europe and the UK respectively. Calspan's barrier experts can help advise on various options for getting your system certified for markets all over the world.