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Safety Investigation and Guidance for Work Zone Devices Subjected to Passenger Car and Truck Impacts with New Crash Standards

Project Details
STATUS

Completed

START DATE

02/03/09

END DATE

02/03/09

RESEARCH CENTERS InTrans, SWZDI
SPONSORS

Nebraska

Researchers
Principal Investigator
Ronald Faller

University of Nebraska

Co-Principal Investigator
Dean L. Sicking

University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Co-Principal Investigator
Karla Lechtenberg

University of Kansas

Co-Principal Investigator
James C. Holloway

University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Student Researcher(s)
Jennifer D. Schmidt

About the research

Crashworthy, work-zone, portable sign support systems accepted under NCHRP Report No. 350 were analyzed to predict their safety peformance according to the TL-3 MASH evaluation criteria. An analysis was conducted to determine which hardware parameters of sign support systems would likely contribute to the safety performance with MASH.

The acuracy of the method was evaluated through full-scale crash testing. Four full-scale crash tests were conducted with a pickup truck. Two tall-mounted, sign support systems with aluminum sign panels failed the MASH criteria due to windshield penetration. One low-mounted system with a vinyl, roll-up sign panel failed the MASH criteria due to windshield and floorboard penetration. Another low-mounted system with an aluminum sign panel successfully met the MASH criteria. Four full-scale crash tests were conducted with a small passenger car. The low-mounted tripod system with an aluminum sign panel failed the MASH criteria due to windshield penetration. One low-mounted system with aluminum sign panel failed the MASH criteria due to excessive windshield deformation, and another similar system passed the MASH criteria. The low-mounted system with a vinyl, roll-up sign panel successfully met the MASH criteria.

Hardware parameters of work-zone sign support systems that were determined to be important for failure with MASH include sign panel material, the height to the top of the mast, the presence of flags, sign-locking mechanism, base layout and system orientation. Flowcharts were provided to assist manufacturers when designing new sign support systems.

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