The wedge barrier and security barriers have gained popularity and traction in the past few years. There are also many instances where having a crash rated perimeter is recommended or required for safety reasons. There are numerous applications of the wedge barrier.
What Is A Wedge Barrier?
There are two types of barriers: stationary barriers and operable barriers. Stationary barriers are attached to the ground or base diaphragms and are generally used to block vehicle entry. These do not move or lose their shape without considerable trauma. Operable barriers are not nailed down and can be moved if necessary for a wide variety of applications. Typically hydraulic or electrical power equipment is needed to reposition an operable barrier. Wedge barriers fall under this category of barrier.
What Materials Are Barriers Made From?
Barriers, including wedge barriers, can be made from a range of materials to suit different needs. These include:
- Metal: aluminum, bronze, cast iron, stainless steel, carbon steel, high strength low-alloy steel, and other alloys can be utilized.
- Reinforced concrete: either cast-in-place or precast that incorporates steel bar or even steel/fiber mixed reinforcement.
- Miscellaneous other materials: natural stone, large boulders, wood, trees, and even industrial plastic.
Who Uses Wedge Barriers?
Wedge barriers have gained popularity in recent years and are used for a vast number of applications. Each different type of wedge barrier has a different crash rating. The wedge barrier is often used by the Department of Defense, for high-security areas, by military bases, industrial manufacturing facilities, private corporate facilities, utility installations, and more.
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