The AASHTO-FHWA Joint Agreement for the Implementation of the 2016 Manual for Assessing Safety Hardware (MASH) requires that any roadside safety hardware (guide rail, bridge rail, transitions, attenuators, etc.) to be installed on the National Highway System must be MASH-compliant. Because transitions were not previously required to be crash tested, NYSDOT designs need to be tested.
To determine if the designs are MASH-compliant and if not, provide recommendations for modifications. NYSDOT is seeking to perform finite element modeling (FEM) and analysis (FEA) with subsequent MASH crash testing performed on six NYSDOT guide rail and concrete barrier systems and terminals. Each system researched will include the following key elements:
- FEM and FEA of the test article (guide rail or barrier) and MASH vehicles, typically with the objective of determining critical impact points; and
- Crash testing of the system.
Kaan Ozbay is a Co-Principal Investigator on this project.
Associate Director, C2SMART
Hani Nassif is a Co-Principal Investigator on this project.
Research Professor, NYU
Frank DarConte is the Project Manager on this project.
Transportation Engineering and Research
RoadSafe LLC is a Partner on this project.
Aerospace and Transportation testing and research
Calspan Corporation is a Partner on this project.