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"The Baltic Journal of Road and Bridge Engineering"
Vilnius: Technika, 2010, Vol V, No 2, p. 104-109.

Olegas Prentkovskis, Andrey Beljatynskij, Edita Juodvalkienė, Rasa Prentkovskienė

A Study of the Deflections of Metal Road Guardrail Post

DOI: 10.3846/bjrbe.2010.15
Road guardrails of various types (made of reinforced concrete, cable and metal) are installed on the shoulders and traffic lanes of urban and suburban roads. Metal guardrails, consisting of Σ-shape and double T-shape metal posts and a protective W-shape horizontal beam, are the most popular. The deformation processes of the Σ-shape and double T-shape metal posts of the above-mentioned guardrails are examined. A mathematical model of Σ-shape (or double T-shape) metal post is developed. A metal post of Σ-shape (or double T-shape) is modeled, using one-dimensional first-order finite elements, and taking into account elastic deformations, as well as the effect of soil on the buried post section of the guardrail. The deflections of Σ-shape and double T-shape metal posts caused by the impact of a motor vehicle moving at varying speed are determined.
Keywords: traffic safety, guardrail, beam, post, deflection, motor vehicle, speed, mathematical model, simulation.

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