Enhanced Finite Element Analysis Crash Model of Tractor-Trailers (Phase A)

Most of the barriers used on US highways to mitigate the effect of run off the road incidents were designed for use with passenger vehicles and not heavy vehicles. The objective of this project is to validate and enhance computer models of a heavy vehicle (tractor -semi trailer combination) that will be used in finite element analysis, design, and evaluation of roadside safety hardware. This effort will enable the tractor-trailer model developed by the National Crash Analysis Center (NCAC) to provide more realistic results in predicting performance of vehicles and barriers in a crash, and significantly reduce the need for costly full-scale crash tests of expensive trucks similar to a model developed previously by NTRCI for single unit trucks. In addition, a User's Manual/Website will be developed to facilitate use of the model.

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  • 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
  • Funding: $319909.00
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center
    6300 Georgetown Pike
    McLean, VA  United States  22101

    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: 20070301
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20080228
  • Source Data: RiP Project 13813

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01464827
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Transportation Research Center, Incorporated
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT-06-G-0043, DTRT-06-G-0043-U01
  • Files: UTC, RIP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:50PM