Certification Testing to ASTM F2656


Manufacturers of innovative anti-ram / perimeter security barriers including bollards, gates, nets and wedges that desire to have their product listed on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Protective Design Center’s (PDC’s) website must have their barriers tested to ASTM F2656-15 by an independent laboratory like Calspan. We have been executing this test since this protocol’s inception in 2007, and over the years have gained invaluable expertise in supporting industry innovators.

The ASTM standard F2656-15, the 2015 version of the Standard Test Method for Vehicle Crash Testing of Perimeter Barriers, was created to address a broad range of incident conditions by different vehicle types, at different impact velocities. It is also intended to define acceptable penetration limitations to help determine passive perimeter and active entry point barrier applicability based on the setback distance available at a particular site.


ASTM F2656 test can be performed using a variety of vehicles but are typically conducted using a medium-duty truck whose weight is 15,000 lb (6,800 kg) traveling at a speed of either 30mph (48km/h), 40mph (64km/h) or 50 mph (80km/h). Barriers are rated based on the truck bed’s dynamic penetration past the barrier. The reference point on the barrier system itself is dependent on the type of system. These ratings are P1 for less than or equal to 1 m (3.3 ft.), P2 for 1.01 to 7 m (3.3.1 to 23.0 ft.), P3 for 7.01 to 30 m (23.1 to 98.4 ft.) and P4 for 30 m (98 ft.) or greater.

ASTM Anti-ram
anti-ram barrier test


Through our collaborative approach and expertise in ASTM F2656 testing, Calspan’s customers enjoy innumerable benefits:

  • Customer Focused - At Calspan, we understand the stress manufacturers are under when a product is being tested; that is why we take the extra time to listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and work in a collaborative manner to get tests executed properly and on time.
  • Turn Key Solution - Calspan has all the equipment, personnel and resources to take care of all the different steps involved in testing, from installation, test execution and custom test reports.
  • Accredited Facility - Calspan is accredited to ISO 17025 to perform all the various test standards for such barrier systems 
  • High Precision, Accuracy and Test Data - We use the same high-quality test equipment that is common for full-vehicle crash testing in the automotive industry through NHTSA/DOT & Vehicle OEMs