Roadside Crash Barrier Testing

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This paper describes a series of car crash tests into Wire-rope, W-beam, Concrete median barriers and Pipe-fence roadside barrier systems. A general description of the car setup, the driver remote control system, data acquisition, dummies and barrier test layout and general overview of the test outcomes are described. The tests investigate the performance of barriers used on Victorian state roads in Australia, particularly in relation to how severe a roadside barrier crash is to the front seated occupants in a small car. Another objective was to determine for which barriers and test configurations the on-board crashworthiness systems such as the airbags would fire. Results indicate clearly that barriers need to be ductile and absorb energy, and need to be installed properly, if they are to provide adequate protection for vehicle occupants. Results also indicate vehicle manufacturers must consider impacts into such systems when tuning pretensioner and airbag occupant protection systems.
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Grzebieta, Raphael
Zou, Roger
Corben, Bruce
Judd, Robert
Kulgren, Anders
Tingval, Claes
Powell, Chris
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2002
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