Enhanced FEA Crash Model of Tractor-Trailers (Phase B)

The tractor and trailer model will be used to simulate a full-scale crash test identified from the literature. The team will assess the impact results of the model by comparing the kinematic behavior and failure modes of the tractor and trailer model to the behavior and failure modes of the test vehicles in the full-scale crash test. Based on this assessment, any deficiencies in the model that are deemed critical for accurately simulating vehicle response in impacts with roadside safety hardware will be identified and required corrections to the model will be implemented. The objectives of Phase B are: (1) Complete preliminary evaluation and modifications of the combined tractor-trailer model based on a qualitative comparison to test data. (2) Provide model to Centers of Excellence (COE) community for beta testing. (3) Validate combined tractor-trailer model performance by comparison of the computer simulation results to the results of full-scale crash tests. Compare revised and updated model to experimental results and refine as needed. (4) Develop an on-line User's Manual/Web Site to facilitate the use of the model

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This project is funded by National Transportation Research Center Inc. NTRCI-UTC which is a separate entity from the University of Tennessee Regional UTC called the "STC"


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  • Status: Completed
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Transportation Research Center, Incorporated

    Oak Ridge National Laboratory
    Knoxville, TN  United States  37932
  • Project Managers:

    Petrolino, Joseph

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Tennessee, Knoxville

    Knoxville, TN  United States 

    Oak Ridge National Laboratory

    Post Office Box X
    Oak Ridge, TN  United States  37831

    Battelle Memorial Institute

    Columbus Laboratories
    Columbus, OH  United States  43201
  • Principal Investigators:

    Stephens, Denny

  • Start Date: 20080601
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20090531
  • Source Data: RiP Project 17649

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01464509
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Transportation Research Center, Incorporated
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT-06-G-0043-01, DTRT-06-G-0043-01-U0
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:43PM