Vehicle arresting blocks, beds and methods

  • US 7,597,502 B2
  • Filed: 07/09/2007
  • Issued: 10/06/2009
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/13/2001
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A vehicle arresting unit comprising:

  • (a) deformable material sufficient to arrest travel of a vehicle without catastrophically damaging the vehicle, the deformable material (i) configured to deform upon being contacted by the vehicle to effect the arrest, and (ii) comprising compressible material in the form of ceramic foam having top, bottom and side surfaces and omitting phenolic foam and cellular concrete; and

    (b) frangible material positioned above the top surface, the frangible material (i) fabricated to protect the compressible material prior to vehicle arrestment, (ii) having a breaking strength to readily break without subverting the arrestment characteristics of the compressible material, and (iii) comprising material different from the compressible material.

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