LARGE ANGLE CRASH TEST OF A TEMPORARY PRECAST CONCRETE BARRIER

One vehicle crash test was conducted on a temporary precast concrete barrier. The test conditions and parameters were determined by an actual accident which resulted in a lawsuit against the State of California. The purpose of this test was to replicate the accident in defense of the lawsuit and provide research in large angle vehicle impacts with this type of barrier. The test involved a 1975 Toyota Celica (1330 kg) impacting a temporary precast concrete barrier placed in a simulated freeway median at 74 deg and 81.2 km/h. The vehicle contained four Hybrid II dummies, instrumented with accelerometers. The barrier contained the vehicle without fracturing or separating at any of the joints, however, the occupants would have suffered severe or fatal injuries.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Project study title: Impact Performance Limits of Longitudinal Barriers.
  • Corporate Authors:

    California Department of Transportation

    Office of Materials Engineering and Testing Services, 5900 Folsom Boulevard
    Sacramento, CA  United States  95819-0128

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Stoughton, R L
    • Gauthier, G P
  • Publication Date: 1995-12

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 50 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00725507
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA/CA/METS-96/07, Final Report, Rept No. 65-636056
  • Contract Numbers: F93TL21
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Sep 4 1996 12:00AM