This report documents and presents the results of a study aimed at developing practical designs for crash cushions (impact attenuators) employing waste materials. Three scrap-tire systems and the use of a fiberized aluminum product were investigated. Full-scale crash tests, supported variously by static and pendulum testing and computer simulation, produced designs for two scrap-tire systems that can meet Federal Highway Administration performance criteria, and which should serve adequately under certain limiting conditions. One scrap-tire system, and the fiberized aluminum product, were not subjected to full-scale tests, and practical designs are not provided.

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  • Authors:
    • Marquis, E L
    • Hirsch, T J
    • Buth, C E
  • Publication Date: 1975

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 73 p.
  • Serial:
    • NCHRP Report
    • Issue Number: 157
    • Publisher: Transportation Research Board
    • ISSN: 0077-5614
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  • Accession Number: 00099914
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: HR 20-7, Task 6
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Nov 5 1976 12:00AM