Work package 1 - Analysis and selection of scenarios
- To describe current existing situations that can benefit most from the use of high strength steels applied to safety barrier solutions.
- To anticipate future demands that new safety barriers should address
- To obtain detailed information from real-life accidents to check and validate proposed scenarios
- To select as scenarios a set of situations or configurations that are relevant for road safety and product competitiveness.
- To establish technical requirements for the subsequent design and development stages of the project.
Work package 2 - MAterial properties and processes analysis
- To obtain a thorough experimental description of steels that are currently in use in barriers, and of high performance steels that can potentially be used in new RRS.
- To identify those steels that can match the requirements obtained in WP1 with optimised cost efficiency
- To build material models that feed computational mechanics tools representing adequately different steels that can be used.
- To deliver methodology to choose the most suitable steel in each case dependi ng on the requirements given by the safety barrier performance level.
Work package 3 - Prototype product design
- To apply technical principles for safety barrier design, revising and adapting them to the use of high performance steels.
- To perform a thorough parametric analysis of the effects of new material implementation, by means of computer simulation.
- To introduce in the analysis the effects of new materials on the manufacturing processes.
- To carry out experimental tests on prototype subsystems in order to assess design solutions and to validate simulation models.
- To deliver real full‐scale safety barrier prototypes, in order to validate the design and to demonstrate the feasibility of the project objectives.
Work package 4 - Product testing
- To evaluate the technical performance of pilot designs, under the same criteria as current standards do.
- To make steel materials in the barrier undergo real service conditions, and then analyse its post-test state in order to estimate safety margins for prototype barrier designs.
- To analyse whether current testing and approval standards can deal with different classes of materials, including steels, without any disadvantage for High Performance Steels in comparison with other materials.
- To propose, if needed, proposals for the improvement of standardisation processes
Work package 5 - Cost‐benefit analysis
- To develop a cost-benefit ratio calculation methodology that can evaluate the gain in economic competitiveness associated to the use of high performance steels applied to RRS
- To establish a cost-benefit ratio calculation methodology that can evaluate the social fits owed to the use of high performance steels applied to RRS
Work package 6 - Dissemination and exploitation
- To create awareness of HIPEBA activities and recommendations by means of by communicating and promoting them to industry, government and other relevant stakeholders (in particular standardisation bodies)
- To open a dialogue with the above-‐mentioned stakeholders with a view to creating realistic strategies to foster the deployment of HIPEBA’s recommendations in Europe’s ad safety barriers.