Protective Panels for Bridge Supports
Cellular Materials International, Inc. (CMI)proposes an innovative energy-absorbing MicroTrussTM panel structure to protect the nation`s busiest, most critical bridges from a close-in, high-intensity blast event. The ability of this panel system to mitigate and deflect blast energy was demonstrated in Phase I through finite element analysis modeling and a subscale, close proximity blast test. During Phase II, CMI will further refine the fidelity of its simulation model and use it to help optimize the MicroTruss(TM) panel design for minimum weight and maximum blast-mitigating performance. Validating a prototype test panel in a full-scale blast test will provide a successful conclusion to the technical goals of Phase II. In a parallel effort to the technical solution, CMI will develop a strategy to transition this solution to commercial use by meeting the safety needs of the owners and other stakeholders of the nation`s bridges. CMI plans to end Phase II with a TRL level of approximately 4 or 5.
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