High speed crash barrier investigation using simulation

John D. Reid, Ronald K. Faller, Dean L. Sicking

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Auto racing has become one of the most popular sporting venues in the United States. Forthese events, vehicles typically travel around oval tracks at extremely high speeds, in somecases in excess of 365 km/h. At these higher speeds, these vehicles may be involved in multicar collisions or impacts with the exterior rigid walls, potentially resulting in serious driverinjuries or fatalities. Although infrequent, serious harm has also occurred to spectators asflying vehicle debris has passed over protective fencing. As a result of these accidents,researchers at the Midwest Roadside Safety Facility, in cooperation with the Indy RacingLeague, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and Kestrel Advisors, Inc., have been investigating anddeveloping several energy-absorbing barrier concepts that wouldprovide increasedtrack safety.Two concepts - one using HDPE plates and one using crushable foam - are described herein.Preliminary results from the computer simulation effort show great potential for increasing thesafety of race track barriers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCrashworthiness, Occupant Protection and Biomechanics in Transportation Systems
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9780791819333
StatePublished - 2000
EventASME 2000 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, IMECE 2000 - Orlando, United States
Duration: Nov 5 2000Nov 10 2000

Publication series

NameASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Proceedings (IMECE)


ConferenceASME 2000 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, IMECE 2000
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering


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