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Improved Resilience of Metro Vehicle Design to Blast and Fire Events

Lookup NU author(s): Conor O'Neill


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In the framework of the European FP7 SECUREMETRO project, the authors have studied the occur-rences of terrorist attacks against metro trains with the goal to reduce the number of attacks by making transport systems a less attractive target. In addition to the counter-measures already implemented to increase the resilience to terrorism, the SECUREMETRO project adds another layer of counter-measures aimed at mitigating the effects of an attack to the vehi-cles, should the others fail to prevent it. This work takes into ac-count the identified common attack methodologies and the be-havior of the surviving passengers in order to improve the situa-tion management, assist the evacuation of and rescue to survi-vors. Moreover, technological improvements to the structure and critical systems of the vehicle have been devised and tested in real situation. This paper focuses particularly on the behavior of peo-ple in blast situation, and presents the conclusions of the project on these effects and the related design improvements.

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Author(s): Bruyelle J-L, El-Koursi EM, Seddon R, O'Neill C

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: International Conference on Advanced Logistics and Transport (ICALT 2013)

Year of Conference: 2013

Pages: 25-29