Commercialization Office - Pilot Operational Requirements Document: Blast Mitigation of Fuel Tank Explosions   [open pdf - 78KB]

"This Operational Requirements Document (ORD) describes the use of an explosion suppression system to protect fuel containers. A 'fuel container' ranges from fuel tanks found in vehicles, boats or trains to fuel storage tanks at airports, seaports and the neighborhood gas station. Some of today's largest terrorist targets are our country's critical infrastructure/key resources (CI/KR) such as airports, seaports, bridges, energy facilities, railways, and mass transit systems. The use of an explosion suppression system in fuel containers can mitigate the IED threat by preventing fuel tank explosions. Attacks have the potential of causing disastrous consequences, resulting in catastrophic loss of life, destruction of assets, environmental issues and financial turmoil through the interruption of operations. While many areas central to our national infrastructure are exposed to the threat posed by the targeting of fuel storage facilities, a field-proven system to protect these assets is required. An explosion suppression system provides the capability to 'render safe and neutralize explosive threats' across a broad range of applications. The operational capability described herein will provide the user community (DHS, state, local and tribal government agencies) with anti- explosion technology that will support the hardening of strategic assets and mitigate dangerous explosions from terrorist attacks or accidents. The solution should be applicable to explosion suppression needs within border security, cargo security, transportation security, counter-IED, maritime security, and critical infrastructure protection."

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