Security barrier
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An apparatus and method for installing and deploying a barrier utilizing one or more gas generators. The invention includes a barrier component installed beneath the ground surface or substantially parallel to the ground and raised by activation of the gas generator. The device can be trigger automatically without human intervention and thereby faster deployment of the barrier. The barrier can include a reactive component. The barrier can include plurality of telescoping barrier subcomponents.

Burns, Robert (The Villages, FL, US)
Darling, Dennis (Redington Beach, FL, US)
Hurlburt, Paul (Kennebunk, ME, US)
Ketner, Gary (Kenmore, WA, US)
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E01F13/00; E01C11/24; E01F13/04; E01F13/12
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What we claim is:

1. A method of deploying a barrier comprising: a) activating a gas generator; and b) using the expanding gas to move a barrier component from a first position to a second position wherein the barrier component consists essentially of a cylinder having a top and a mechanism to retain and lock the barrier component to another component.

2. The method of claim 1 further comprising transmitting an RF signal from a remote sensor to a gas generator activation mechanism.



This application is the first Divisional Application of Ser. No. 11/399,919, which is a Continuation Application of and claims priority to U.S. Utility application Ser. No. 11/100,673 filed Apr. 4, 2005, which in turn is a Continuation in Part application claiming priority to and incorporating by reference application Ser. No. 10/832,654 entitled Security Bollard filed Apr. 27, 2004. Application Ser. Nos. 11/399,919 and 10/832,654 are incorporated by reference herein.


1. Field of Use

The invention pertains to a high strength impact resistant and rapidly deployable security barrier for the protection of persons and property from objects such as trucks and cars traveling at ground surface level.

2. Prior Art

Vehicle and traffic barricades are well known and are in wide use for building and personnel security applications. These systems can be permanent or temporary. The barricades can be stationary or mobile with relatively rapid deployment for raising/lowering. The barricades can be wall like sections providing a resistive mass of reinforced concrete or hollow resinous plastic structures filled with water. Other types of traffic or vehicle control barriers are bollards that are fixed in position or that can be raised and lowered from the ground surface level.

Bollards have been shown to be capable of incapacitating or stopping vehicles up to 7.5 tons GVW moving at speeds of 50 mph. The current raisable bollard systems have deficiencies that have been demonstrated based on current world events and terrorism threats. These deficiencies are related to their dependency on human interaction to deploy the barrier of the bollard system, they are slow to activate, provide inadequate capabilities to prevent intrusion, and they are dependent on electric power or air systems which can be compromised by threats. The mechanism used to power the raising and lowering can be springs, hydraulics, motors or gas cylinders. However, existing bollards or barriers that are raised to selectively block or control vehicle movement require either human intervention that retards deployment time, thereby diminishing effectiveness, or do not have sufficient mass to effectively block a large or heavy vehicle. Other bollard/barrier devices require installation beneath the ground surface level and separately powered control and motor mechanisms to raise (deploy) the barrier.

There is accordingly a need for a rapidly deployable barrier system having sufficient capability to provide an effective barrier to heavy motor vehicles. There is also a need for a non-obtrusive barrier protective system than can be easily and quickly installed and removed.


The invention pertains to a method and apparatus for erecting protective barriers/bollards utilizing a gas generation system (gas generator) to power the raising of the barrier structure to block the passage of a vehicle. The gas generator can be activated by a variety of means and independent of human intervention. The energy supplied by the gas generator allows deployment of the barrier from a stored to protective position at a speed significantly greater than achieved by existing methods. This allows the activation device to be placed close to the barrier, thereby permitting use of an automated barrier protective system in relatively confined spaces with minimized instances of unintended or unnecessary activation.

The gas generator power source also permits a variety of mechanical mechanisms for raising the barrier from a stored to protective position. The barrier can be raised in a relatively straight direction substantially normal to the plane of the ground surface. The barrier can also be raised from a stored position relatively parallel to the plane of the ground surface level to a position normal to the plane.

The activation of the barrier component of the barrier system can be achieved by a variety of means. One method would be activation occurring in response to the wheels of a motor vehicle passing over a pressure sensitive triggering mechanism. It will be readily appreciated that the pressure sensitivity can be adjusted to distinguish between a motor vehicle and a pedestrian.

The activation of the barrier system may also be a motion detector, or a magnetic, strain, chemical, infra-red or radiation sensor. A remote sensor can signal activation by RF signal, requiring little power. The power source may be batteries or similar independent means, thereby minimizing deactivation of the protective system by power failure or sabotage.

It is therefore an object of the invention to provide a rapidly deployable barrier.

It is another object of the invention to provide a barrier system that has a minimal visual impact to the protected structure or for protective surveillance.

It is a further object of the invention to provide a barrier that can be activated without human intervention.

It is another object of the invention to provide a barrier that can be quickly installed and removed

It is another object of the invention that the protective barrier can be portable and installed with minimal site preparation.

It is another object of the invention to provide a protective barrier system without preparation or intrusion beneath the ground surface level.

It is also an object of the invention to provide a protective system that is operational/activation energy self-contained.

Other benefits of the invention will also become apparent to those skilled in the art and such advantages and benefits are included within the scope of this invention.


The accompanying drawings, which are incorporated in and constitute a part of the specification, illustrate preferred embodiments of the invention. These drawings, together with the general description of the invention given above and the detailed description of the preferred embodiments given below, serve to explain the principles of the invention.

FIG. 1 is a schematic cross sectional view of one embodiment of the invention comprising an outer cylinder and an inner piston-like cylinder installed substantially below the ground surface.

FIG. 1A is a schematic of the embodiment after deployment of the inner cylinder, comprising the barrier component, into a protective position above the ground surface level.

FIGS. 2, 2A and 2B illustrate guides utilized in one embodiment of the invention.

FIG. 3 illustrates a barrier system comprising telescoping cylinders.

FIG. 3A illustrates a barrier system deployed after a triggering event.

FIG. 3B illustrates an embodiment utilizing a plurality of telescoping barrier sections with a structural support.

FIG. 4 depicts an additional embodiment of the invention wherein the gas generator and barrier are installed in a position parallel to the ground and normal to the deployed position.

FIG. 4A is an illustration of a barrier base locking component mechanism.

FIGS. 4C and 4D are schematic illustrations of the risible/deployed barrier component of the barrier system.

FIG. 4E is a schematic illustration of the coupling mechanism of the barrier stability structure component and structural member component.

FIG. 4F is a schematic side view depiction of one embodiment of the invention in a stored position.

FIGS. 5A, 5B, 5C and 5D are illustrations of a wall-like barrier structure utilizing multiple gas generators.

FIGS. 8, 8A and 8B are illustrations of a portable and rapidly installed system.

FIG. 9 illustrates an embodiment of the invention incorporating means to add mass to the system.

FIGS. 10 and 10A illustrate the installation and deployment of one embodiment of the invention in relationship to an approaching vehicle.

FIG. 11 illustrates another embodiment of the invention.

FIG. 12 illustrates a side view of the embodiment of FIG. 11.


The above general description and the following detailed description are merely illustrative of the subject invention and additional modes, advantages and particulars of this invention will be readily suggested to those skilled in the art without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention. The requirements for the barrier system will vary based on the intended application. These variations are related to the denial requirements, the type of installation (permanent or temporary), location of the system, and the type of asset to be protected.

The invention proposed consists of an autonomous or automatic barrier or barrier restraint system, including automatic trigger sensors, communication devices to deploy the barrier component of the systems, automatic sensors to detect or activate the system, and an independent, self contained power supply to provide monitoring, activation, or alarm.

Deployment of the barrier component, regardless of the specific configuration of the barrier system, e.g., bollard, gate or wall-like sectional barrier, will be carried out by a gas generator. The gas generator will be integral to the system and be capable of deploying a barrier which is capable of stopping a 15000 lb gross vehicle weight (GVW) vehicle and which deploys the barrier in 150 milli-seconds or less. This is nominally 10 times faster deployment than the fastest barrier currently available and the proposed system does not depend on any human interaction which requires significant additional time. What this means is that a vehicle moving at 50 mph will travel 110 ft in 1.5 seconds. The proposed invention will permit 11 feet or less of travel at 50 mph from the time the barrier is activated until the vehicle is stopped. Add to the conventional system the time required for personnel to activate it and this would require detection of the threat and activation of the restraint system nominally 100's of feet before the vehicle reaches the barrier.

The gas generator will be integral to the barrier system. The gas generator will contain solid propellant that upon combustion creates heated gas to rapidly expand within a cylinder that raises the barrier component into its operating position. A mechanical mechanism will lock the barrier component into place. The propellant is ignited by a device termed a squib or igniter. The squib receives an electric signal from the integral power supply. This electrical signal may be activated manually or automatically depending on selection of how the barrier system is configured. The receipt of the signal to activate the squibs is received via radio frequency (RF) which can be encrypted as necessary for security reasons. The RF can also be sent by detectors that can detect motion, magnetic field, radiation, mass, chemicals or explosives. The receipt of the signal to activate the squibs may be hard wired or received via a wireless mode including but not limited to radio frequency (RF), microwave, satellite, cellular telephone or Bluetooth® signals. (Bluetooth is a registered trademark of Bluetooth SIG Inc.)

As an alternative to the gas generator, the barrier system could also be deployed through of a stored high-pressure gas or mechanical energy storage devices such as springs. Activation of the device would occur through an electro-mechanical switching device that will release the stored gas or the compressed springs. These devices will be slower to provide deployment than a gas generator and these types of devices will result in increase weight and maintenance requirements. The alternate systems do not utilize ordnance, however, the gas generator technology is very mature and they are commonly used in automobiles, aircraft evacuation slides and munitions dispensing.

The deployed barrier can also include a reactive component such as a gas generator powered air bag or separate explosive charge such as a directionally oriented shaped charge.

The drawings contained within this specification illustrate various embodiments of the invention. In addition to the traditional bollard (e.g. a typically round structure that protrudes above the ground level), this invention also includes a rapidly deployable barrier that is activated using both a gas generator and an automatic or manual deployment device as described previously. This system, called a “Toggle Retractable Barrier System” can be permanently installed on a roadway or other ground level surface or in a shallow recess. The “Toggle” system is held in a horizontal position until deployed. Referring to the models below, the structural member (or stability member) serves as a cover for the system and protects the deployment mechanism until activated. Upon activation, the pressure resulting from the gas generator drives a cylinder which raises the stability member (or barrier) into an upright position. The locking mechanism shown in the model locks the stability member into position. This design is very flexible in that it is portable and may be configured to accommodate multiple barriers in series or parallel. A benefit of this design is that the barrier takes advantage of the vehicle mass in anchoring the system to the ground. These system designs may be deployed individually in a pattern or all simultaneously depending on the instructions provided to its communication component.

The barrier system is comprised of several components. The system is comprised of the deployable barrier and a gas generator. The components of the embodiment particularly described in this disclosure may include a housing (which may comprise a cylinder), a barrier (which may be comprised of a piston or second cylinder), a gas generator, a locking mechanism, and an activation system.

The components may be stored and transported within a housing component which, when installed, may form part of the barrier system structure. Alternatively, some components may be separately stored and assembled together at the installation site. In a further embodiment of the invention, the components may be disassembled and relocated to a separate installation site as needed.

The system subject of this invention may also be constructed of various materials having high compression, shear and tensile strengths. Although these materials include metals, particularly ferrous metals, fiber reinforced composite materials may be used, particularly where light weight is desired. Such designs may be combined with components allowing weight to be added to the system after placement in the selected location.

The end uses of this invention are to protect vital assets and personnel from terrorist acts. A barrier system is applicable to embassies, power plants fuel storage depots, military and industrial installations, traffic control, and critical industrial facilities.

The subject invention will utilize the same technology in terms of stopping the vehicle but will perform this function with/without human intervention. In other words, the bollard system can be made autonomous with its own sensors and triggering system. Where human intervention activates the bollard or barrier system, the response is rapid (less than 150 milliseconds), thus allowing an operator a last second decision to stop a threat with as little time as 12 feet from the penetration point of the asset being protected.

The invention consists of using a rapidly deployable barrier system activated by a gas generator. The activation of the gas generator is not dependent on any external support such as electricity or air pressure and is activated by RF signal. The RF signal can be activated by numerous different sensors that detect movement, proximity, light curtains, acoustic, pressure plate, infrared, vision system, chemical detectors, explosive detectors, magnetic or radiation detectors. A key advantage of the RF command link is the ability to configure the system allowing the user to use or not use its variability to detect and activate. Various sensor systems allow the user to configure the activation of the barrier. For example, if the system is configured in an automatic mode, an underground magnetic detector could arm the system. A second sensor, such as motion or speed sensor, could trigger the system when detecting the threat will not stop.

The barrier system may contain its own power through rechargeable power that can incorporate solar cell technology supply. It will be appreciated that the main power source is the stored energy of the gas generator. The proposed invention may also have the ability to monitor its status. Therefore, in the event of power failure, the barrier system continues to function and is not compromised. Other systems depend on electric, hydraulic or air to activate their systems. These are all dependent on electric power.

The barrier component may include a separate gas generator powered air bag or directed gas stream. The barrier may include another type explosive charge. The explosive charge may be a shaped charge. A barrier of the type described in this paragraph will be referred to as a reactive barrier.

The barrier component is elevated from the stored position to the deployed position by movement of a piston powered by energy from the gas generator. The force of the rapidly expanding gas from the gas generator may push a piston within a cylinder and extend the piston out of the cylinder. This piston may comprise the barrier. The gas generator is preferably located within the cylinder. It will be appreciated that there may be alternate configurations to the cylinder and piston assembly. For example, the components may comprise two or more cylinders with two cylinders having a closed end and an open end. See for example FIG. 1.

The barrier system may utilize the weight of the object, i.e., vehicle, to anchor the system into position and to transfer the load to the ground. See FIGS. 10 and 10A herein. As discussed further herein, the barrier depicted in FIGS. 10 and 10A may comprises a plurality of nested cylinders.

The deployment of the barrier is powered by the activation of the gas generator solid propellant. The generator may be a steel canister (nominally 1-2″ diameter and 3-4″ long). Inside this canister is a small amount of propellant. The propellant may be ball shot, i.e., basically the same powder found in a shot gun shell. Other propellants are known and may also be used. For example, the gas may be generated by the pyrolytic reaction of sodium azide (NaN3) with potassium nitrate (KNO3). The gas generator may have a nozzle that releases the pyrolysis gases at a controlled rate. The gas generator may deploy the barrier in less than 150 milliseconds.

The propellant may be activated by ignition by a squib or igniter. The squib may look basically like a paper match. It may be coated with an accelerator/propellant that ignites very hot and fast. If one is set off it sounds like a firecracker. The squib may be ignited by the application of electrical current. The speed at which it ignites is based on the amperage applied. Squibs are typically identified as “5 amp all fire.” What this means is that if the squib is energized by a 5 amp current, it will fire at its highest rated speed. If the amperage is lower, it takes slightly longer to fire but it still ignites in a very short time. Typically, if the energy is less than 1 amp, the squib will not fire (this is for safety and stray currents created by static etc.). The amount of propellant in the gas generator can be varied depending on the object to be moved with the energy. In the embodiment illustrated by FIG. 11, nominally 70 grams may be used.

The expanding gases drive the piston (or cylinder) within a first cylinder, which raises the barrier component into its deployed position. In the preferred embodiment, once raised, there is a lock which holds the barrier component in position. The locks are basically mechanical where it “snaps” into position and holds the barrier (not shown).

A battery may be the source of the power for activating the squib and hence the gas generator. Once power is sent, the gas generator is ignited by the squib. It will be appreciated that the signal triggering the battery powered circuit can transmitted by RF signal and be activated by numerous types of sensors. In other words, the sensor may detect a threat; send the signal via RF or other means to the control box. This small amount of energy would be used to activate a switch that would send the current to the squib. The power for the squib would be part of the barrier system and could be a battery or capacitor. The energy required to set off the squib can be adjustable to prevent false signal from setting off the activation switch.

FIG. 1 illustrates a cross sectional view of one embodiment of the invention 800 installed substantially below the ground surface level 105 and within the ground 100. The top covering 275 of the barrier is approximately level with the ground surface 105 so as not to impede the passage of vehicles or pedestrians. The system also does not impede viewing the object being protected nor does in impede the vision of approach area for surveillance. The barrier 800 is oriented along an axis 270 substantially normal to the ground surface plane 105. The components of the barrier include an outer cylinder 200 and inner cylinder 250. The inner cylinder is elsewhere referred to as the barrier component, i.e., the component obstructing the moving vehicle. The outer cylinder is closed at the bottom 203. The inner cylinder is closed at the top 275. A gas generator 300 is located within the inner cylinder 250. Detection and activation mechanisms of the barrier are not shown. The inner and outer cylinders 250 200 have offsetting protruding sub-components 251 211 which prevent the bottom of the inner cylinder from moving past the top of the outer cylinder. There may also be seals or rings (not shown) installed between the first and second cylinder to contain the expansive gas, thereby directing the energy to the movement of the second cylinder (barrier component).

FIG. 1A illustrates the barrier system 800 after ignition of the gas generator 300. The ignition of the gas generator results in a very rapid expanding gas force within the inner cylinder 250. The gas expands in all directions as represented by the vector arrows 680. The direction of the force can be controlled by a nozzle. The expansive gas force is retained by the rigid top and side walls of the inner cylinder 250 but presses downward 615 on the bottom 203 of the outer cylinder 200, thereby causing the inner cylinder 250 to move upward 610 in a piston-like manner along the center axis 270 in relation to the outer cylinder. The inner cylinder thereby is explosively pushed above the plane of the ground surface 105, while the outer cylinder remains anchored in the ground 100. The movement of the inner cylinder is controlled by the complementary protrusions 211 251 or retaining rings of the outer and inner cylinders.

FIGS. 2, 2A and 2B illustrate an embodiment of the invention utilizing piston or cylinder guides 215 and 216 within the walls of the outer cylinder 200 and inner cylinder 250. Also illustrated in FIG. 2 are the retaining rings or ridges 211, 251. For clarity of illustration, the inner and outer cylinders are shown independently, but it will be appreciated that they are installed together in relation to the center longitudinal axis 270. FIG. 2A illustrates a downward cross sectional view of the outer cylinder 200, showing the placement of grooves 215 longitudinally installed in the wall of the outer cylinder. Also illustrated is the cylinder bottom surface 203. FIG. 2B illustrates a downward cross sectional view of the inner cylinder 250, including the complementary protrusions 216 on the outer wall of the inner cylinder. The relationship of the cylinder guides to the center axis 270 is also illustrated. It will be appreciated that the number of guides may be varied. The groove guides may be installed in the outer surface of the inner cylinder 250 with counter part and complementary protrusions installed in the inner wall surface of the outer cylinder 200. The piston or cylinder guides minimize the possibility of the inner cylinder becoming cocked or jammed within the outer cylinder in a direction non-parallel to the center axis 270 when moving in response to the sudden and powerful force of the expanding gas. The jamming could prevent the inner cylinder extending to the full permissible direction above the ground surface (not shown).

FIG. 3 illustrates another embodiment of the invention that permits a barrier to be deployed without installation of components below the ground surface. The barrier illustrated comprises three nested cylindrical components 200, 251, 252 having a common longitudinal axis of orientation 270. It will be understood that the axis of orientation 270 is substantially orthogonal to the plane of the ground surface (not shown). It will be appreciated that the number of nesting cylinder components can vary. The height of the system 660 is increased when the multiple nested cylinders are triggered and deployed upward by operation of the gas cylinder (not shown) in the direction indicated by vector arrow 610.

FIG. 3A illustrates a similar embodiment having 4 nested cylindrical components 200, 251, 252, 253 having a common longitudinal axis of orientation 270. This embodiment illustrates the cylinders deployed upward (vector arrow 610) in response to a triggering event. When deployed the height of the effective barrier increases from the height 660 of the single cylinder 200 to the combined deployed height 660+661+662+662 of the four cylinders 200, 251, 252, 253. It will be appreciated that the effective height 661, 662, 663 contributed by the upper nesting cylinders will be less due to the requirement that there be a locking mechanism (not shown) securing each cylinder from vertical and lateral forces. The locking or security mechanisms prevent the cylinders of the barrier component from separating or collapsing after the gas cylinder discharges. These mechanisms may include, but are not limited to springs or cam activated pins or ratchets.

FIG. 3B illustrates another embodiment incorporating the telescoping action of nested cylinders 200, 251, 252 combined with a structural support member 500 providing added lateral strength (vector arrow 675). Again, the telescoping cylinder components are deployed upward (vector arrow 610) along a shared common longitudinal axis 270 that is substantially orthogonal to the plane of the ground surface (not shown). The structural support member 500 is hingeably attached 510 to a component of the upper/inner nested cylinder 252 and hingeably attached to a connecting component 815.

FIG. 4 illustrates another embodiment of the invention 800 wherein the gas generator (not shown) within a first cylinder 300 propels an inner second cylinder or piston 307 in a direction 670 substantially parallel to the ground surface 105. Movement in the opposing direction is prevented by the closed first end 301 secured by attachment mechanism 309 to a base component 810. In an alternate embodiment (not shown), the gas generator may be directly attached to the housing or attachment component (and without containment within a first and second cylinder configuration) and used alone to power the extension of a piston connected to the barrier component. The barrier component 290 is contained within the base component 810 placed on top of the ground 100. The piston is pivotally attached by means of a hinge or pivot device to the bottom segment 298 of the stability member 290. The movement of the piston in direction 670 causes the stability member to be pushed and locked 299 upright in direction 610, being substantially normal to the ground surface 105. It will be understood that prior to activation by the ignition of the gas generator 300, the stability member 290 is stored in a substantially horizontal position within the base 810. The upper portion 292 of the stability member is hingeably attached 510 to a reinforcing structural member 500. The structure member provides reinforcing strength against collapse by a moving object such as a heavy motor vehicle traveling in direction 675.

FIG. 4A illustrates a component 299 of the invention utilized to lock the bottom portion (not shown but being item 298 in FIG. 4) of the barrier component into place within the barrier base structure (also not shown). The bottom portion of the barrier component attached proximate to the piston is moved in the direction 670 in response to the activation of the gas generator. The barrier component is pushed into a space 400 past the locking sub-component mechanisms 262, 263. The locking sub-components are pivotally moveable (vector arrows 688, 689 on axes 281, 282) on pivot sub-components 272, 273. As the barrier component is pushed past the locking sub-components, the sub-components are pushed into an annulus 266, 265. A spring or similar mechanical device (not shown) can be used to push the locking sub-components into the original position, thereby holding the barrier component in the annulus. As the barrier component is moved in response to activation of the gas cylinder in the direction 670, the top portion of the barrier component 292 may also be deflected upward 610 by a component (not shown).

FIG. 4C illustrates a side of the barrier component 290. The bottom portion 298 is attached to the piston (not shown) by pivotable means 215 and locked into the locking sub-component contained in the base (not shown). Also illustrated is the axis of rotation 274. FIG. 4D illustrates a frontal view of the stability structure 290 and also showing the axis of rotation 274 for the bottom segment and the axis of rotation 553 of the upper component 292 with the reinforcing structure (not shown). It will be appreciated that the longitudinal axis 272 is rotated from a substantially horizontal position relative to the base to a vertical position relative the ground surface (not shown).

The locking component 299 can be in conjunction with a component (not shown) to divert the upper section 292 of the barrier component (stability member) 290 toward a vertical position.

FIG. 4E illustrates the relationship of the stability structure 290 with the pivotally attached 510 structural member end 500. The other components illustrated in FIG. 4D are also illustrated in 4E.

FIG. 4F is a schematic illustration of the structural member 500, barrier stability member 290, locking mechanism 299, gas generator 300 and piston 307 as they would exist in a stored position prior to activation and along an axis 270. It will be appreciated that the structural member 500 may fit over the other components within the base unit 290. Other components illustrated are the pivot end of the barrier 292 (understood to be actually connected to the structural member 500, the rotatable bottom sub-component 298 attached to the piston by means hingeable means 315 (vector arrow 687), and the gas generator attachment means 309. Also illustrated by vector arrow 670 is the direction of movement of the piston 307 powered by the gas generator 300. A vector arrow 610 illustrates the direction of movement of the barrier stability member end 292 raised from the base. A vector arrow 675 illustrates the direction of the object to be stopped by the invention.

FIGS. 5A, 5B, 5C and 5D illustrate an embodiment wherein the barrier component 290 is propelled into a deployed position by multiple gas generators or gas generator/cylinder combinations 307. FIG. 5A illustrates a front perspective of 3 cylinders 300 oriented horizontally within the housing 810 and substantially normal to the broad, wall-like barrier 290. This horizontal orientation is also illustrated in FIG. 5B, being a side view schematic, including the barrier component 290, housing 810 and cylinder 300. FIG. 5B also illustrates the piston component 307 that, depending upon the configuration, may be the second inner cylinder. Also illustrated is the locking mechanism 299, the pivot mechanism 510, and the structural support mechanism 500. FIGS. 5C and 5D are more detailed side schematics of the housing 810 with the raisable barrier component 290, locking mechanism 299, gas generator/first cylinder 300 and piston/second cylinder 307. The direction of movement of the piston component 307 upon activation of the gas generator is shown by vector arrow 670. The change in orientation of the barrier component is illustrated by the arrow 29A, 29B marking the side of the barrier component 290. This embodiment utilizing multiple gas generators allows a heavier or broader (wall like) barrier component to be deployed.

FIG. 6 illustrates another embodiment of the barrier system 800 wherein the sensor mechanism 320 is a flexible pressure responsive device that can be placed on the ground surface at a varying distance and geometry relative to the housing 810 containing the barrier. The sensor is utilized to trigger activation of the gas generator within the housing, 810 for deployment of the barrier component (not shown).

FIGS. 8, 8A and 8B further illustrate a portable, rapidly deployable embodiment of the invention that does not require installation below the ground surface. The barrier mechanism can be either the stability member and structural support powered by a gas cylinder, or the telescoping nested cylinders, also triggered by a gas cylinder. In the embodiment illustrated, the barrier structure is contained in one section 810 of a multi-section 810, 811 system hingeably attached 410. The multiple sections can be deployed utilizing the hinge component 410. Also attached may be one or more ramp plates 820 hingeably 411 attached to a component section 810, 811. FIG. 8A illustrates components 275, 500 of the barrier system within one section 810. FIG. 8B illustrates the installed system on the ground surface (not shown), comprising the ramp plates, 820 attached to the sections 811, 810, a pressure sensor 320 to trigger the barrier components 275, 500 and the connecting hinges 410, 411. Note that the pressure sensor is placed in a location to be triggered by a vehicle (not shown) passing over the sensor in the direction of vector arrow 675. (Reference is made to FIGS. 10 and 10A.)

FIG. 9 illustrates an embodiment wherein the housing component 810 can contain holding compartments 850 for placement of additional mass such as sand or earth shoveled from the ground proximate to the area where the housing is placed, or water or other fluid. FIG. 9 illustrates openings 852 in each compartment and drain openings 855. It will be appreciated that other configurations are possible and that the drains will have control values or plugs and that the fill holes may have covers. Also illustrated is the approximate location of the barrier component 290 within the housing and the covering/support structure 500. This will allow the invention to be of minimized weight for transport and installation, yet readily supplemented with additional and removable mass to fix the barrier system at the selected location on the ground surface. As illustrated in FIG. 10 discussed below, the mass of the object to be stopped by the system may also be used for this purpose.

FIG. 10 illustrates a vehicle 900 approaching an embodiment of the invention device 800 in the direction of shown by a vector arrow 675. The vehicle is travelling across the ground surface 105 and the invention is installed on the ground, in contrast to being buried in the ground 100. There is a mass-pressure sensitive triggering mechanism 820 in the in the front portion of the barrier housing

FIG. 10A illustrates the barrier 800 activated by the vehicle striking the pressure sensor device 320. The weight of the vehicle 900 assists in anchoring the barrier in place and allowing the stability structure 290 to stop the vehicle. Also illustrated is the reinforcing structural support 500.

FIG. 11 illustrates the components of another embodiment of the invention in a deployed position. (When stored, the components lie flat within the housing.) The barrier system 420 consists of a housing component 430, one or more housing support beams 431, a barrier swing arm 450 having a first end 452 and a second end 454, a barrier component 440 pivotally attached to a back end 432 of the housing or housing/cylinder connector (not shown), a gas generator comprising a solid and ignitable propellant, a piston rod 460 and cylinder 465, an igniter, a control system tether/support 470 to control the height of the barrier component 440 deployment and support the impacting structural members and an optional anchoring system. The barrier component 440 may include a subcomponent 441. This subcomponent may include an explosive charge or other active device, thereby constituting a reactive barrier.

FIG. 12 illustrates a side view of the deployed barrier system 420 and the barrier component 440. The direction of movement of the barrier component in deployment is illustrated by the vector arrow 975. The direction of the load is illustrated by the vector arrow 980.

This specification is to be construed as illustrative only and is for the purpose of teaching those skilled in the art the manner of carrying out the invention. It is to be understood that the forms of the invention herein shown and described are to be taken as the presently preferred embodiments. As already stated, various changes may be made in the shape, size and arrangement of components or adjustments made in the steps of the method without departing from the scope of this invention. For example, equivalent elements may be substituted for those illustrated and described herein and certain features of the invention may be utilized independently of the use of other features, all as would be apparent to one skilled in the art after having the benefit of this description of the invention.

Further modifications and alternative embodiments of this invention will be apparent to those skilled in the art in view of this specification.

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