PPG is pleased to announce that its fixed, shallow mounted M50 bollard which had (up until now) only been crash tested to ASTM F2656-07 resulting in an M50/P1 designation is now also available with PAS 68:2013 as well as IWA 14-1:2013 crash test certification following the successful arrest of a European flat bed truck N3/N3C travelling at 80 kph. This makes the fixed bollard M50 the fourth product from PPG’s comprehensive product range to bear a valid and genuine certification as per all three worldwide recognised crash test standards – i.e. ASTM F2656, PAS 68 and IWA 14-1 respectively. This furthermore increases the number of crash test certificates held by PPG to a staggering total of 28.
The crash test conditions for the fixed bollard remained unchanged in terms of installation details, i.e. the bollard was vehicle impact tested as triple unit with
– a centre distance of 1.5 m adhering to the 1.2 m maximum clear gap rule as stipulated by CPNI,
– a shallow, reinforced foundation of only 400 mm thickness and 2.5 by 4.5 m footprint and
– 100 mm road covering for customised road finish
The achieved performance classification of V/7500[N3]/80/90:0.4/15.4 and performance rating of V/7200[N3C]/80/90:0.8 are in line with the P1 penetration rating previously realised with the ASTM crash test. The slight increase in vehicle penetration comes as no surprise in view of the
– increased kinetic energy of the impacting truck due to the higher test vehicle weight and
– reduced “crush zone” in front of the vehicle datum point (i.e. the leading edge of the load platform) of the European truck compared to the American truck