PROJECT NUMBER: 18-1
PROJECT TITLE: Development of MASH Computer Simulated Steel Bridge Rail and Transition Details
PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR(S) & UNIVERSITY(S): Chuck Plaxico and Malcom Ray, Roadsafe LLC
AGREEMENT TERM: 10/9/2018 – 6/1/2020
ANTICIPATED COMPLETION: 6/1/2020
PROJECT OBJECTIVES: The objective of this project is to develop details for MASH compliance using computer simulations of the New England steel bridge rail configurations including transitions. The researchers will use LRFD strength calculations and finite element analysis (FEA) computer simulation to evaluate the crash performance of three NETC bridge rail and approach guardrail transition (AGT) designs. The impact conditions and assessment procedures will conform to the specifications in MASH for TL-3 or TL-4 (as appropriate) and will included evaluations of structural capacity of the railing, risk of occupant injury, and vehicle stability during impact and redirection.
REPORTS/PAPERS PUBLISHED, PRESENTATIONS MADE RELATING TO THIS PROJECT FROM THE START OF THE PROJECT: None thus far.
TECHNICAL COMMITTEE MEMBERS:
Chairperson Jeff Folsum: Maine Department of Transportation
David Kilpatrick: Connecticut Department of Transportation
Alex Bardow: Massachusetts Department of Transportation
Robert Landry: New Hampshire Department of Transportation
Michael Savella: Rhode Island Department of Transportation
Jim Lacroix: Vermont Agency of Transportation