Project Investigation of the Correlation between Roadside Safety Hardware and Vehicle Safety Standards Evaluation Criteria

The Manual for Assessing Safety Hardware (MASH) defines crash tests to assess the impact performance of highway safety features in frontal and oblique impact events using criteria that are based on the structural adequacy of the safety feature, post-impact behavior of the test vehicle, and risks of injury for the occupants of the impacting vehicle. MASH occupant risk criteria, however, are considered conservative in their nature, due to the fact that they are based on unrestraint occupant accelerations. Due to increased enforcement, significantly more occupants are belted in real world crashes. In addition, large improvements to occupant protection, whose contribution is not being considered within MASH occupant risk criteria, can significantly reduce the risk of injury to an occupant in a collision. Therefore, there is potential for increasing the maximum limits dictated in MASH for occupant risk evaluation.


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  • Status: Completed
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Department of Transportation

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology
    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Performing Organizations:

    Texas Transportation Institute

    Texas A&M University System
    3135 TAMU
    College Station, TX  United States  77843-3135
  • Principal Investigators:

    Silvestri Dobrovolny, Chiara

  • Start Date: 20140901
  • Expected Completion Date: 20150126
  • Actual Completion Date: 20160328
  • Source Data: RiP Project 37103

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01536417
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Center for Advancing Transportation Leadership and Safety (ATLAS Center)
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT13-G-UTC54, 602761-00013
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Aug 31 2014 1:00AM