Transurban’s Innovation Grant Scheme has enabled a new research Project focused on the development of Advanced Roadside Barrier Systems.
Conventional roadside safety barriers are used in large numbers and thus are optimized for cost efficiency. However, they do have significant limitations in situations that require high energy absorption, in particular in confined spaces. Examples are frontal impacts with stationary objects such as solid lane separators, tunnel emergency bays or bridge pillars. To address this shortcoming, the Project develops high-performance roadside safety barriers. A recently invented energy absorbing material, perlite-metal syntactic foam (P-MSF), will be optimized for kinetic energy absorption and integrated in these barrier systems.
More information can be found in the following media release: MR_TCL_announces_innovation_grant_recipients