Blast Resilient Metro Vehicles: Reducing the Impact of Terrorist Attacks

This paper provides a review of past terrorist attacks on metro vehicles and systems over the past 50 years, describing the attack methodology and the immediate and subsequent impact on the passengers, staff and infrastructure. Based on these trends it describes the set-up and execution of an explosives test on a decommissioned Metro de Madrid vehicle and discusses the response of the vehicle structure to the blast. This paper also details the blast simulation work undertaken to support the physical tests and provide recommendations into the SecureMetro demonstrator vehicle design process. The analysis of blast effect and consequences for the vehicle materials and structure led to the identification of key areas for improvement and potential solutions and design criteria were proposed. A demonstrator vehicle with new design solutions to improve blast resilience was designed, built and blast tested.The findings are discussed including an assessment of the impact of the technologies and solutions on the resilience of the vehicle to terrorist attack.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 11p
  • Monograph Title: Transport Research Arena (TRA) 2014 Proceedings

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  • Accession Number: 01529820
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: VTI, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jun 27 2014 10:22AM