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Mid-America Transportation Center

Investigation of Development of a MASH Test Level 6, Cost-Effective , Barrier System for Containing Heavy Tractor Tank-Trailer Vehicles and Mitigating Catastrophic Crash Event - Phase I


University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Principal Investigator
Ronald Faller
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Funding Source(s) and Amounts Provided
USDOT: $105,443
NDOT: $105,443
Total Project Cost
$ 210,886
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Brief Description of Research Project
For this study, a new, cost-effective, Test Level 6 vehicle containment system will be developed to prevent and/or mitigate the consequences of errant heavy tanker-truck vehicles striking opposing traffic on heavily-congested urban freeways and interstates as well as crashes into high-risk facilities or highly-populated areas, such as schools, malls, sports venues, concert arenas, military bases, international airports, or critical government buildings. The new optimized barrier system will provide adequate structural strength, investigate reduced heights, consider visual appeal for communities, implement height transitions for barrier ends, incorporate options for expansion/contraction joints, and remain safe for errant motorists operating light to heavy passenger vehicles.
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Modal Orientation
  • Barriers
  • Economics
  • Safety and Human Performance
  • Structures