Preliminary Impact Testing of Portable Safety/Security Barriers

The development and implementation of a facility to conduct affordable, logistically convenient, preliminary vehicle impact performance tests of roadway safety and security barriers are described in this paper. The facility serves as a means to test barriers at a very low coast compared to comprehensive official federal government tests. Successful performance would be an indicator of likely success in the official tests. A hillside ramp, curved transition, and horizontal approach comprise the main components. A pilot test of eleven interconnected portable barriers was conducted and the test vehicle and ramp did perform as planned. While not a goal of the project, the barriers themselves met the technical criteria for structural adequacy and after-impact vehicle trajectory. It is anticipated that if tested to official to official federal standards the barriers would perform successfully.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: pp 351-360
  • Monograph Title: Safety and Security Engineering

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01007094
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 1845640195
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 7 2005 10:06AM