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Testing and Evaluation of MASH TL-3 Transition Between Guardrail and Portable Concrete Barriers

Status: Complete

Description: Three full-scale vehicle crash tests were conducted according to the Manual for Assessing Safety Hardware (MASH) Test Level 3 (TL- 3) safety performance criteria on a transition between the Midwest Guardrail System (MGS) and a portable concrete barrier (PCB) system. The transition system utilized for test nos. MGSPCB-1 through MGSPCB-3 consisted of a standard MGS that overlapped a series of Fshape PCB segments that approached the MGS at a 15H:1V flare. In the overlapped portion of the barrier systems, uniquely-designed blockout holders and a specialized W-beam end shoe mounting bracket were used to connect the systems. In test no. MGSPCB-1, a 5,079-lb (2,304-kg) pickup truck impacted the barrier at 63.2 mph (101.8 km/h) and 25.3 degrees. The barrier captured and redirected the 2270P vehicle, and the vehicle decelerations were within the recommended occupant risk limits. In test no. MGSPCB-2, a 2,601-lb (1,180-kg) car impacted the barrier at 65.1 mph (104.8 km/h) and 24.0 degrees. The barrier captured and redirected the 1100C vehicle, and the vehicle decelerations were within the recommended occupant risk limits. In test no. MGSPCB-3, a 5,177-lb (2,348-kg) pickup truck impacted the barrier at 63.1 mph (101.5 km/h) and 24.6 degrees. For this test, the system was impacted in the reverse direction. The barrier captured and redirected the 2270P vehicle, and the vehicle decelerations were within the recommended occupant risk limits. Based on the results of these successful crash tests, it is believed that the transition design detailed herein represents the first MASH TL- 3 crashworthy transition between the MGS and PCBs.

Report: http://mwrsf.unl.edu/researchhub/files/Report330/TRP-03-335-17.pdf (published 2017)

State conducting research: Nebraska

Authors:

  • Faller, Ronald (University of Nebraska)
  • Bielenberg, Robert W. (Nebraska Transportation Center)
  • Lingenfelter, Jessica (University of Nebraska, Lincoln)
  • Kohtz, Justine (University of Nebraska, Lincoln)
  • Reid, John (University of Nebraska, Lincoln)
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