Bridge Rail Design Procedures

Project Description: 

This study will focus on adjusting bridge rail design procedures to conform with the recently revised crash testing guidelines, MASH. This study will attempt to develop a better method for using dynamic impact loads to design bridge rail and cantilever deck systems. The new procedures will eliminate the problems associated with the use of dynamic forces in quasi-static design methods that currently produce oversized bridge railings and excessive deck thicknesses when accurate peak dynamic loads are used in the existing design method.

Presentations:

  1. "Bridge Rail Design Procedures", presented to AASHTO's Subcommittee on Bridges and Structures - T-7 Technical Committee Meeting in Columbus, Ohio, June 28, 2014.

Project Information Forms:

  1. January 2014
Principal Investigator(s) Contact Information: 
dsicking@uab.edu
University(ies): 
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Start and End Dates: 
01/01/13 - 01/01/15
Topic: 
Safety

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