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Abstract

Final report on Contract No 7210-PR/114, 1 July 1998 to 30 June 2001.

The main purpose of the project is to enhance the competitiveness of the all-steel safety feature with respect to concrete ones by:
- preparing and validating a mechanical computation tool able to simulate the crash between the barriers and the vehicles and useful for the design of innovative barriers and the optimisation of existing ones;
- exploring the possible use of multilaminar composite sheets instead of the homogeneous single ones for barrier production.

The project covers the following activity lines:
- deeper knowledge acquisition of the present state of safety barriers in Europe (properties, materials, existing features, etc.) starting with the countries directly involved in the project: Spain, France, Italy and Portugal;
- study and preparation of a simulation protocol able to simulate the vehicle-to-barrier crash with an acceptable confidence level;
- study of possible modifications to some all-steel barrier types in order to make them more competitive on the market;
- investigation of the possibility and convenience of using steel-based multilaminate materials instead of the homogeneous monolayer steel sheet;
- validation, by means of experimental tests at laboratory and full-scale levels, of the protocol and one optimised barrier solution previously studied.

Additional information

Authors: FATTORINI F, CSM, Rome (IT);PLACIDI F, CSM, Rome (IT);FRASCHETTI S, CSM, Rome (IT);FERNANDEZ J, Sollac, Fos-sur Mer (FR);GOUVEIA H, ISQ, Oeiras (PT);REIS M, ISQ, Oeiras (PT);VAZQUEZ VAAMONDE A, CENIM, Madrid (ES)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 20564 EN (2002), pp.193. Euro: 29.50
Availability: EUR-OP reference: KI-NA-20564-EN-S Available from EUR-OP sales agents URL: http://publications.eu/general/en/publications_en.htm
ISBN: ISBN: 92-894-4531-9
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