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Hipeba Research Fund for Cost & Steel
HIPEBA: Safer Roads by Using High Performance Steel
Issue 1/2017

HIPEBA (“High Performance Steel for Safer and more Competitive Safety Barriers”) is a EU-funded project that focuses on the development of safer and more competitive road restraint systems by using high-performance steels. Further information regarding the project is available at www.hipeba.eu.


HIPEBA presents first results on the selection of high performance steels for Road Restraint Systems


30 January 2017

The HIPEBA technical deliverable labelled as D2.2 has focused on i) complementing the information of D2.1 and ii) selecting the appropriate high performance steels for Road Restraint Systems (RRS).

The deliverable D2.2 complements the deliverable D2.1 by providing the results of a series of tests (not available during D2.1 due to some shipping delays) on materials behaviour under tensile, strain and formability stress.

The second part of deliverable D2.2 establishes a ranking of the performance of the steel chosen based on the results from the tests, and taking into account the weighting criteria for material selection. The individual ranking is built according to each selected criteria: tensile tests, Charpy test, Nakazima test, welding analysis and price.

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The HIPEBA Consortium gathered to discuss the latest deliverables and review the work plan towards the final steps of the project

  Concrete Bridge

23 February 2017

On the occasion of the last HIPEBA consortium meeting, held last 23 February 2017, the HIPEBA partners reviewed the final draft of deliverable D3.1 and the advances undertaken in deliverable D3.2.

In addition to reviewing in detail the corrosion tests, the HIPEBA partners discussed the work plan towards the last months of the project, with a particular focus on WP4 and WP5.

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This Roller Guardrail Seems Brilliant, Except For One Major Problem


10 February 2017

This may seem blindingly obvious, but you never really want to crash into a guardrail. They're devices born of necessity—often placed to keep an out-of-control vehicle from careening into oncoming traffic or over a precipice—and that means they've got to be damn near immovable. As a result, running into one causes a pretty violent collision.

And this nifty roller guardrail design promises to solve that problem pretty handily. Except, in the process, it seems to create another, potentially worse problem.

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Bulgaria Has the EU’s Deadliest Roads


31 November 2016

Bulgaria, Romania and Latvia had the most road deaths per capita in the EU in 2015, tarnishing the EU’s record on vehicle safety in a year when the number of people killed by vehicle crashes rose for the first time in almost twenty years.

Around ten people per 100,000 residents were killed by vehicles last year in Bulgaria, according to figures published today by Eurostat. Bulgaria’s roads are the most deadly, topping the list with the most deaths in the EU.

Violeta Bulc, the EU transport policy chief, has increased pressure on national governments to crack down on reckless and dangerous drivers since it was revealed earlier this year that the number of traffic deaths increased between 2014 and 2015 across all 28 EU countries.

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Detection and Tracking of Road Barrier Based on Radar and Vision Sensor Fusion


August 2016

The detection and tracking algorithms of road barrier including tunnel and guardrail are proposed to enhance performance and reliability for driver assistance systems. Although the road barrier is one of the key features to determine a safe drivable area, it may be recognized incorrectly due to performance degradation of commercial sensors such as radar and monocular camera. Two frequent cases among many challenging problems are considered with the commercial sensors. The first case is that few tracks of radar to road barrier are detected due to material type of road barrier. The second one is inaccuracy of relative lateral position by radar, thus resulting in large variance of distance between a vehicle and road barrier. To overcome the problems, the detection and estimation algorithms of tracks corresponding to road barrier are proposed. Then, the tracking algorithm based on a probabilistic data association filter (PDAF) is used to reduce variation of lateral distance between vehicle and road barrier. Finally, the proposed algorithms are validated via field test data and their performance is compared with that of road barrier measured by lidar.

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STA, knowledge partner at the Road Network Safety Management Course organised by the International Road Federation, IRF (Málaga, Spain, 30-31 March 2017)


30 - 31 March 2017

The course is intended to provide participants with the necessary theoretical background and applied practices on traffic injury risk diagnosis and reduction to ensure road safety programmes and investments are adequately dimensioned and targeted. Using internationally accepted guidelines, participants will also be exposed to complementary aspects of safe road and roadside management, including the correct selection and application of safety equipment based on site conditions. As part of the workshops, delegates will be presented with relevant case studies, and benefit from interaction opportunities with world-class instructors.

The course will target Road Agency Executives, Highway and Street Engineers, Traffic Safety Professionals, Planners, Design Consultants, Law Enforcement, Research & Academia, Contractors and Road Product Suppliers & Distributors.

More information about the course is available here.

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TRAFFEX 2017, Birmingham (United Kingdom)


4 - 6 April 2017

Now in its 28th year, Traffex 2017 is Europe’s largest dedicated road, traffic, parking and transport event.

Showcasing the latest technological advancements that will shape the future of the UK’s road network, a visit to Traffex is essential for local authorities, regional government and all organisations looking to deliver continuous, cost-effective and efficient improvements to their roads and highways.

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International Congress on Transport Infrastructure and Systems, Rome (Italy)


10 - 12 April 2017

The objective of the AIIT International Congress TIS Rome 2017 is to promote transport as a growing industry, and its current significance. The Congress provides a forum for discussion, interactions and exchange among researchers, scientists and engineers whose fields of interest are transport and infrastructure engineering. The congress is organized by the Italian Association for Traffic and Transport Engineering AIIT founded in 1957. The meeting program will cover all transportation modes, with more than 100 presentations in sessions and workshops, addressing topics of interest to policy makers, administrators, practitioners, researchers, and representatives of government, industry, and academic institutions.

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Intertraffic 2017, Istanbul (Turkey)

  Intertraffic Istanbul

24 - 26 May 2017

Intertraffic Istanbul is the ultimate trade and information sharing platform for the traffic sector in Turkey, Eurasia and the Gulf region. The exhibition takes place every two years and had 5,784 visitors from 94 countries attending in 2015, with 30% of visitors coming from outside Turkey.

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