OJCE  Vol.7 No.1 , March 2017
Evaluation of Guardrail Posts Installed in Asphalt Mow Strips by Static Finite Element Simulation
Asphalt mow strips are typically used as vegetation barriers around guardrail posts in the design of roadside safety structures. Asphalt mow strips have historically been modeled as a rigid layer in simulations; this assumption results in significant ground level restraint on the guardrail post. However, experiments have shown that asphalt rupture should be considered in the analysis of the response of guardrail posts embedded in mow strips. The present study investigates the effect of asphalt material properties and mow strip geometry on guardrail post performance using finite element simulations. Numerical simulations are performed and correlated with results from static experiments and material testing. The test simulations and experimental results are used to evaluate the response of guardrail posts with various mow strip designs to predict the level of restraint from the asphalt layer. The model is then used to investigate the effects of asphalt material properties and mow strip geometry on the overall performance of the system. The results demonstrate that including asphalt rupture in numerical simulations is essential in accurately predicting the behavior of guardrail posts installed in asphalt mow strips. In addition, mow strip geometry along with asphalt material properties significantly affect the guardrail post response.
Cite this paper: Bakhtiary, E. , Lee, S. , Scott, D. , Stewart, L. and White, D. (2017) Evaluation of Guardrail Posts Installed in Asphalt Mow Strips by Static Finite Element Simulation. Open Journal of Civil Engineering, 7, 141-164. doi: 10.4236/ojce.2017.71009.

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