Proceedings of the 2016 International Conference on Advanced Materials Science and Environmental Engineering

Effect of Soil Properties on Safety Performance of W-beam Guardrail

Authors
Tso-Liang Teng, Cho-Chung Liang, Ching-Yu Hsu, Chien-Jong Shih, Thanh-Tung Tran
Corresponding Author
Tso-Liang Teng
Available Online April 2016.
DOI
https://doi.org/10.2991/amsee-16.2016.10How to use a DOI?
Keywords
crashworthiness; EN1317; LS-DYNA; W-beam guardrail
Abstract

W-beam guardrails are the most widely used road safety barriers worldwide. They are used for protecting vehicle occupants on dangerous areas of roadways. The ability of W-beam guardrails to absorb some of the crash energy reduces the risk of injury for vehicle occupants and limits deformation of impacting vehicles. Once the rail separates from the posts, the rail forms a redirection ribbon, guiding the vehicles away from the nearby hazard. Thus, the soil-post interaction in W-beam guardrails play a critical role in the manner in which errant vehicles interact with safety barriers. All road safety barriers used on European highways are designed according to the European standard EN 1317. This study applied the finite element code LS-DYNA for evaluating the safety performance of W-beam guardrail when the post rammed into various soil properties. Four crash test simulations were conducted for evaluating the crashworthiness of the W-beam guardrail according to European Standard EN 1317. The results have demonstrated that the soil properties does not affect the impact severity (ASI, THIV) but affects working width.

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Volume Title
Proceedings of the 2016 International Conference on Advanced Materials Science and Environmental Engineering
Series
Advances in Engineering Research
Publication Date
April 2016
ISBN
10.2991/amsee-16.2016.10
ISSN
2352-5401
DOI
https://doi.org/10.2991/amsee-16.2016.10How to use a DOI?
Copyright
© 2016, the Authors. Published by Atlantis Press.
Open Access
This is an open access article distributed under the CC BY-NC license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/).

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