Experimental and numerical study of polymeric foam efficacy in portable water filled barriers

Gover, Rory, Oloyede, Adekunle, Thambiratnam, D.P., Thiyahuddin, Mohd I., & Morris, Anthony Kevin (2015) Experimental and numerical study of polymeric foam efficacy in portable water filled barriers. International Journal of Impact Engineering, 76, pp. 83-97.

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Portable, water filled road safety barriers are used to provide protection and reduce the potential hazard due to errant vehicles in areas where the road conditions change frequently (e.g. near road work sites). As part of an effort to reduce excessive working widths typical of these systems, a study was conducted to assess the effectiveness of introducing polymeric foam filled panels into the design. Surrogate impact tests of a design typical of such as barrier system were conducted utilising a pneumatically powered horizontal impact testing machine up to impact energies of 7.40 kJ. Results of these tests are utilised to examine the barrier behaviour, in addition to being used to validate a couple FE/SPH model of the barrier system. Once validated, the FE/SPH model it utilised as the basis for a parametric study into the efficacy and effects of the inclusion of polymeric foam filled panels on the performance of portable water filled road safety barriers. It was found that extruded polystyrene foam functioned well, with a greater thickness of the foam panel significantly reducing the impacting body velocity as the barrier began to translate.

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ID Code: 76180
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Surrogate impact testing, Road safety barriers, Water filled barriers, Coupled analysis, Polymeric foams, Finite element analysis, Smooth particle hydrodynamics
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijimpeng.2014.09.005
ISSN: 0734-743X
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Chemistry, Physics & Mechanical Engineering
Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Elsevier Ltd.
Copyright Statement: NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in International Journal of Impact Engineering. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in International Journal of Impact Engineering, Volume 76, February 2015, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijimpeng.2014.09.005
Deposited On: 16 Sep 2014 23:49
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2015 22:25

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