M30/M50 Bollard Crash Rating Information
Bollards are a regular part of daily life, whether it's protecting pedestrians and buildings from vehicle traffic, guarding high-security locations or creating a boundary in a drive-through. These thick, sturdy posts come in a variety of sizes and finishes. Some are fixed, meaning they stay in the same position, while others are retractable, rising and lowering as needed.
Crash testing is used to measure the level of protection a bollard provides. There are multiple types of crash tests, with American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), International Workshop Agreement (IWA) 14 and Publicly Available Specification (PAS 68) being the main three.
ATSM standards include F3016, F3016M and F2656-07. The F3016 standards test for low-speed (below 30 mph) impacts, while F2656-07 standards pertain to high-speed impacts. IWA 14 is an impact test standard laying out the method and means of measuring the performance outcome for impact-tested vehicle security barriers such as bollards. PAS 68 is commonly applied to bollards and vehicle security barriers used in the prevention of terrorism and crime. Perimeter security devices are tested and receive a rating based on the maximum vehicle weight, maximum speed and dispersion of debris in a collision. Our PAS 68-rated bollards received the M50 rating, which indicates that the bollard is able to stop a 15,000 lb. truck travelling at 50 mph with just 39" of total penetration (P1).
Our Crash Test-Rated Bollards:
What Is K Rating?
Our bollards also feature a K rating, which provides information on how a barrier device performed when tested in a collision with a 15,000-lb. vehicle traveling at various speeds. In order to receive a certain level of certification, a barrier must allow no more than 36" of penetration at the given speed.
|K Rating||Vehicle Weight||Vehicle Speed|
|K4||15,000 lbs.||30 mph|
|K8||15,000 lbs.||40 mph|
|K12||15,000 lbs.||50 mph|
If you have any additional questions about our bollards, crash test standards and ratings, or how to use and install bollards, contact us by email at Sales@FastGateOpeners.com or call (888) 378-1037 and one of our friendly sales team members will be glad to help you.