Assessment of the impact speed and angle conditions for the EN1317 barrier tests

Nikil Abraham, Bidisha Ghosh, Ciaran Simms, Robert Thomson, Giuseppina Amato

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    Roadside safety barriers designs are tested with passenger cars in Europe using standard EN1317 in which the impact angle for normal, high and very high containment level tests is 20°. In comparison to EN1317, the US standard MASH has higher impact angles for cars and pickups (25°) and different vehicle masses. Studies in Europe (RISER) and the US have shown values for the 90th percentile impact angle of 30°–34°. Thus, the limited evidence available suggests that the 20° angle applied in EN 1317 may be too low.
    The first goal of this paper is to use the US NCHRP database (Project NCHRP 17–22) to assess the distribution of impact angle and collision speed in recent ROR accidents. Second, based on the findings of the statistical analysis and on analysis of impact angles and speeds in the literature, an LS-DYNA finite element analysis was carried out to evaluate the normal containment level of concrete barriers in non-standard collisions. The FE model was validated against a crash test of a portable concrete barrier carried out at the UK Transport Research Laboratory (TRL).
    The accident data analysis for run-off road accidents indicates that a substantial proportion of accidents have an impact angle in excess of 20°. The baseline LS-DYNA model showed good comparison with experimental acceleration severity index (ASI) data and the parametric analysis indicates a very significant influence of impact angle on ASI. Accordingly, a review of European run-off road accidents and the configuration of EN 1317 should be performed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)211
    Number of pages11
    JournalInternational Journal of Crashworthiness
    Issue number3
    Early online date23 Mar 2016
    Publication statusEarly online date - 23 Mar 2016


    • Single vehicle accidents; runoff- road crashes; concrete barrier; LS-DYNA; EN1317; MASH

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality

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