USE OF FINITE ELEMENT ANALYSIS IN ROADSIDE HARDWARE DESIGN

Roadside safety research has progressed through several phases during the past 40 years. The first phase, accomplished in the years around 1960, was to recognize that there was a problem and that it was possible to improve the safety of roadways using engineering design. Common sense and basic engineering judgement brought significant improvements in roadside safety. The next stage took place in the 1970s and 1980s. More difficult problems were attacked like developing guardrail terminals, transitions, and crash cushions. Crash testing became the primary method for exploring the collision performance of barriers. The roadside safety community is now entering a new phase of research where the effort and resources required to produce a successful roadside hardware design have increased as have the expectations of the public. Further improvements in roadside safety will require the use of the best analytical tools available in addition to crash testing and intuition. This paper discusses one particular analytical method: non-linear dynamic finite element analysis.

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    • Ray, M H
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  • Publication Date: 1996-2

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  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 61-71
  • Monograph Title: ROADSIDE SAFETY ISSUES REVISITED
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  • Accession Number: 00721429
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: May 10 1996 12:00AM