Work Packages

Work package 1 - Analysis and selection of scenarios

Objectives

  • 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

Objectives

  • 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

Objectives

  • 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

Objectives

  • 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

Objectives

  • 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

Objectives

  • 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.