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Public Roads - Summer 1993

New Research

NCP Category A -- Highway Safety

The following new research studies reported by the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) Office of Research and Development are sponsored in whole or in part with federal highway funds. For further details on a particular study, please contact Richard Richter, (703) 285-2134.

A.6: Highway Safety Design Practices and Criteria

Title: Computer Simulation Using DYNA3D
Objective: The objectives of this study are: (1) to perform computer simulations of vehicle crashes into fixed roadside objects, with emphasis on side impact, using the non_linear finite element (FE) code package INGRID/DYNA3D/TAURUS; (2) to provide training and assistance on the use of the FE code packagc INGRID/DYNA3D/TAURUS and associated computing hardware; and (3) to assess and provide recommendations to FHWA HSR-20 regarding division computer simulation goals, objectives, actions, and contractor/subcontractor computer simulation related actions and deliverables.

Performing Organization: Momentum Engineering

Sponsoring Organization: FHWA

Expected Completion Date: August 1993

Estimated Cost: $24,997

NCP Category D -- Structures

D.1: Bridge Design

Title: Innovative Bridge Designs Using Enhanced Performance Steel
Objective: This research is being conducted to develop innovative bridge designs to take advantage of the new high performance steel and concrete that will soon be available. These materials cannot be effectively used in present day designs. These new materials have the potential to make significant improvements in cost and service life of highway bridge structures.

Performing Organization: Modjeski and Masters, Inc.

Sponsoring Organization: FHWA

Expected Completion Date: March 1995

Estimated Cost: $600,000

NCP Category E -- Materials and Operations

E.6: Snow and Ice Control

Title: Calcium Magnesium Acetate (CMA) At Lower Production Cost
Objective: To develop a cost-effective method that can be commercialized by industry to produce CMA from biomass. Performing Organization: Engineering Resources, Inc.

Sponsoring Organization: FHWA

Expected Completion Date: May 1994

Estimated Cost: $271,616