DYNAMICS OF GUARDRAIL SYSTEMS

HIGHWAY-GUARDRAIL SYSTEMS ARE BEING INVESTIGATED BY MEANS OF DYNAMIC ANALYSIS AND SMALL-SCALE LABORATORY MODELS TO OBTAIN A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE DYNAMIC INTERACTION OF THE VEHICLE AND THE GUARDRAIL STRUCTURE AND FROM THIS A MORE COMPLETE BASIS FOR DESIGN. THIS PAPER IS A FIRST REPORT ON THE PROGRESS OF THE INVESTIGATION AND INCLUDES: A GENERAL DISCUSSION OF THE VARIABLES; THE DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS OF MOTION OF THE VEHICLE IN CONTACT WITH THE GUARDRAIL; A DERIVATION OF THE LENGTH, FORCE, AND TIME SCALES FOR THE MODEL; THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE FIRST MODEL AND ITS RELATION TO A DEFINITE FULL-SCALE VEHICLE AND GUARDRAIL; AND THE LABORATORY METHODS, INCLUDING THE ADAPTATION OF MULTIPLE-FLASH STILL PHOTOGRAPHY TO THE RECORDING OF THE PATH OF THE VEHICLE AND TRANSVERSE DISPLACEMENTS OF THE GUARDRAIL. IT IS POSSIBLE TO INVESTIGATE A WIDE RANGE OF CONDITIONS OF DESIGN AND OPERATION BY THE USE OF A CONTROLLED LABORATORY MODEL. /AUTHOR/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Vol 33, pp 201-209, 7 FIG, 7 REF
  • Authors:
    • Ayre, R S
    • Abrams, J I
  • Publication Date: 1954

Media Info

  • Monograph Title: Proceedings of the Thirty-Third Annual Meeting of the Highway Research Board, Washington, D.C., January 12-15, 1954
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00203563
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: May 22 1972 12:00AM