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MASH test 3-11 on the 5-inch cast in place deck barrier anchors

Description: "A full-scale crash test was performed to evaluate the impact performance of a Texas T223 concrete beam and post bridge rail anchored to a 5-nch cast-in-place deck (CIPD). The testing followed the MASH standards for Test Level 3 ( TL-#) longitudinal barriers. The test performed was American Association of State Highways and Transportation Officials (AAHSTO) Manual for Assessing Safety Hardware (MASH) test 3-11, which involves a 2270P (500 lb) pickup truck impacting the critical impact point (CIP) of the barrier at a nominal impact speed and angle of 62 mi/h and 25degress, respectively. This test evaluated the strength of the barrier and its anchorage to the 5-inch CIPD."
Date: October 2011
Creator: Bligh, Roger P.; Menges, Wanda L. & Arrington, Dusty R.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Development of a MASH TL-2 guardrail-to-bridge rail transition compatible with 31-inch guardrail

Description: The TxDOT Design Division is in the process of developing new guardrail standards that comply with the AASHTO Manual for Assessing Safety Hardware (MASH). The new guardrail system will provide increased capacity and improved impact performance relative to the current design. A key feature of the new system is an increased in rail mounting height from 27 inches to 31 inches. TxDOT's current TL-2 metal beam transition is 27 inches tall and is not compatible with the new 31 inch guardrail system. While the high-speed, nested thrie beam transition system meets MASH guidelines and is compatible with a 31-inch guardrail, it would be cost-prohibitive to use it on all roadways. The objective of this research was to develop a transition that is suitable for use on lower speed roadways, less expensive and complex than the current high-speed (i.e., TL-3) transition design, and is compatible with a 31-inch guardrail. A low-cost guardrail-to-bridge rail transition was successfully developed and tested under MASH Test Level 2 conditions. It is compatible with a 31-inch guardrail and can connect to rigid concrete bridge rails. It is considered suitable for implementation on roadways that have traffic conditions appropriate for the use of TL-2 safety hardware. Use of this system provides significant savings in material and installation cost compared to the high speed transition system.
Date: December 2011
Creator: Bligh, Roger P.; Arrington, Dusty R. & Menges, Wanda L.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Determination of minimum height and lateral design load for MASH test level 4 bridge rails

Description: "This research had the objectives of determining the minimum rail height and lateral design impact load for MASH test level 4 bridge rails. Using parametric finite element analysis and subsequent crash testing, the researchers determined the minimum recommended rail height for MASH TL-4 impact conditions to be 36 inches. Later Design impact for MASH TL-4 test conditions was determined to be 80 kips."
Date: October 2011
Creator: Bligh, Roger P.; Menges, Wanda L. & Sheikh, Nauman Mansoor
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department