CRASH TESTS AND EVALUATION OF HIGHWAY APPURTENANCES--VOLUME 3. MEDIAN BARRIERS AND TERMINALS

A comprehensive program of full-scale automobile crash tests of highway appurtenances and evaluations of their performance was conducted. Testing was conducted in accordance with fundamental requirements of NCHRP Report 153. 2250 and 4500-lb automobiles were used. The median barrier consisted of two standard corrugated sheet steel beams (W-sections) mounted on the ends of spacers which were in turn mounted on the top of weak posts. This barrier was developed in Europe and has been referred to as the SWOV or NEHER barrier. The breakaway cable terminal for median barriers was developed by SwRI under an NCHRP contract. Four, full-scale, head-on impact tests were conducted on this terminal. Results of the first test showed that a design modification was necessary to prevent snagging of the vehicle on the foundation of the break-away end post. The remaining three tests were conducted on the modified design. (FHWA)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Texas Transportation Institute

    Texas A&M University System, 1600 E Lamar Boulevard
    Arlington, TX  USA  76011

    Federal Highway Administration

    Engineering Research and Development Bureau, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  USA  20590
  • Authors:
    • Buth, C E
    • Samuelson, G R
    • Olson, R M
  • Publication Date: 1979-12

Media Info

  • Pagination: 77 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00315183
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA-RD-79- 94 Final Rpt., FCP 31F1-172
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-FH-11-8509
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 5 1980 12:00AM