REPORT ON ARRESTOR BED TESTS CARRIED OUT BY THE NSW DEPARTMENT OF MAIN ROADS IN MARCH, 1982

The design of arrestor beds, also known as deceleration beds, is dependent on an accurate estimation of the deceleration of a vehicle entering the bed at speeds up to 160 km/h. This paper describes field testing undertaken in March, 1982 of two arrestor beds constructed on a level disused airstrip. These beds, one made with dune sand and the other with 10 mm rounded river gravel, were tested at entry speeds ranging from 60 km/h to 94 km/h by loaded and unloaded rigid body and articulated vehicles. Deceleration in an arrestor bed was found to be dependent on vehicle type, vehicle load, entry velocity, bed material and bed depth. The deceleration characteristics derived from the tests were then used to devise formulae for estimating the required length of a sand or gravel arrestor bed. (Author/TRRL)

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    • This paper was presented during the 12th Australian Road Research Board Conference, Hobart, Tasmania, 27-31 August 1984.
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    Melbourne, Victoria  Australia 
  • Authors:
    • BROWN, R G
  • Publication Date: 1984

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  • Features: Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 110-125
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  • Accession Number: 00393398
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • ISBN: 0-86910-157-9
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jun 30 1985 12:00AM