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Evaluation of Vertical Wall-To-Guardrail Transition

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Ali O. Atahan

Mustafa Kemal University, Hatay, Turkey

Guido Bonin

University of Roma “La Sapienza”, Rome, Italy

Moustafa El-Gindy

Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA

Paper No. DETC2008-49088, pp. 591-598; 8 pages
  • ASME 2008 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 5: 13th Design for Manufacturability and the Lifecycle Conference; 5th Symposium on International Design and Design Education; 10th International Conference on Advanced Vehicle and Tire Technologies
  • Brooklyn, New York, USA, August 3–6, 2008
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4329-1 | eISBN: 0-7918-3831-5
  • Copyright © 2008 by ASME


Transition barriers are used to connect longitudinal barriers that have different stiffnesses. They are designed to provide a gradual increase in stiffness towards the stiffer barrier section. In this study, a W-beam rail and a W-beam rubrail transition connecting a rigid bridge rail to a semi-rigid guardrail was evaluated using numerical and experimental methods. First, a finite element model of the transition design was constructed and validated using a 2000 kg pickup truck impact. Then, a series of vehicle models, i.e., 900 kg compact automobile, 8000 kg single unit truck and finally 30,000 kg heavy truck was used to evaluate the impact performance of the same transition design numerically. Simulation results predict that the double W-beam transition barrier performs acceptably in containing and redirecting all vehicles except 30,000 kg heavy truck. Occupant injury criteria were also found to be acceptable for all the cases, except 30,000 kg truck impact. Performing further simulations with vehicle sizes heavier than 8,000 kg that exist in crash testing guidelines is recommended to evaluate the acceptability limit of existing W-beam rail and a W-beam rubrail transition.

Copyright © 2008 by ASME



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