Media Advisory: DHS to Unveil Resilient Tunnel Plug Technology at ILC Dover

Washington –A giant, inflatable structure designed to prevent flooding in tunnels, will be unveiled by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) in a special technology demonstration in Frederica, Delaware, on June 6, 2017. The Resilient Tunnel Plug (RTP) was developed in partnership with ILC Dover, the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, West Virginia University, and DHS S&T.

The RTP, made from a liquid crystal polymer called Vectran®, was developed to provide security to transit systems as protection from flooding, primarily in subways, in the event of a terrorist attack or natural disaster. In the event of flooding, the plug would rapidly inflate, holding back at least 30 feet of water, keeping citizens and the transit system assets safe.

Tuesday, June 6

11:00 AM EDT – DHS S&T and partners from ILC Dover and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory will demonstrate the flood-stopping capabilities of the Resilient Tunnel Plug technology.

ILC Dover,  1 Moonwalker Rd, Frederica, DE 19946


Credentialed media planning to attend must RSVP by contacting Alan George, ILC Dover,, 302-335-3911 ext. 407.