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A new test method developed by ASTM International http://www.astm.org provides a range of vehicle-impact conditions, designations and penetration performance levels in testing perimeter barriers used to prevent attacks on facilities by moving vehicles.
The new standard is F 2656, Test Method for Vehicle Crash Testing of Perimeter Barriers. Before the publication of F 2656, the U.S. State Department had the only standard for testing perimeter security devices. But in 2003, the department modified that document to remove penetration ratings.
Besides penetration ratings, the new standard features occupant risk indices and a variety of different-sized test vehicles, including a small car, a pickup and a heavy, single-unit vehicle.
The new standard also serves to standardize the test methodology across different agencies. Laboratories will use F 2656 when testing devices, and agencies, such as the U.S. Department of State and the Army Corps of Engineers, will issue lists of devices that have met various levels within the standard.
All interested parties can participate in standards activities. Besides future revisions to F 2656, ASTM will work on a proposed new standard for testing barriers for pedestrian protection.