DYNAMIC BEHAVIOR OF AN AUTOMOBILE TRAVERSING SELECTED CURBS AND MEDIANS

This study involved the determination of the behavior of an automobile as it traversed selected curb configurations and sloped medians. The objective of the study was to determine if a potential existed for the automobile to vault over a barrier placed behind each curb, or a barrier placed in each sloped median. Six-inch and eight-inch curb configurations were investigated. Medians having slopes of 1.1 inches per foot, 1.5 inches per foot, and 4.6 inches per foot were investigated. The Highway-Vehicle-Object-Simulation-Model (HVOSM) was used to make the investigation. The HVOSM is a computer model of an automobile and is used to simulate its dynamic response.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Prepared in cooperation with FHWA.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Texas Transportation Institute

    Texas A&M University System, 1600 E Lamar Boulevard
    Arlington, TX  United States  76011
  • Authors:
    • Ross Jr, H E
    • Post, E R
  • Publication Date: 1975-1

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 80 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00098969
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Federal Highway Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Research Rpt. 140-6 Intrm Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: 2-10-69-140
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Oct 18 1975 12:00AM