SOIL BASED DESIGN OF HIGHWAY GUARDRAIL POST DEPTHS USING PENDULUM IMPACT TESTS


ÖRNEK M., Atahan A. O. , TÜREDİ Y., ERDEM M. M. , Buyuk M.

ACTA GEOTECHNICA SLOVENICA, cilt.16, ss.77-89, 2019 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

Özet

Guardrails are passive road restraint systems (RRS) used at roadsides and medians to improve road safety. In the case of inadequate post embedment depth of soil driven posts may not function as intended and design cannot provide adequate safety nor security for the impacting vehicles. In general, the height of the steel guardrails varies between 1600 and 2400mm. However, the characteristics of the soil where the guardrails are driven are not taken into consideration. In other words, a constant depth ofguardrail is used regardless of the type of soil. Post embedment depths (PED) in steel guardrail systems are currently determined based on strong soil properties. The crash performance of these designs may not be appropriate for locations where soil conditions are weaker than tested conditions.