Analysis of Truck Crashes with W-beam Guardrail


  • Tung Tran Thanh Faculty of Engineering Mechanics and Automation, VNU University of Engineering and Technology, 144 Xuan Thuy - Cau Giay District , Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Teng Tso-Liang Department of Mechanical Engineering, Hsiuping University of Science and Technology, No.11, Gongye Rd., Dali Dist., Taichung City 412, Taiwan



crashworthiness, W-beam guardrail, simulation, EN1317, LS-DYNA


W-beam guardrail is an excellent method for enhancing traffic safety. The W-beam guardrail comprises of a W-shaped segment and specialized constructions known as support posts. Identifying the effect of the W-beam heights, post spacing, shaped supporting posts, and post-soil interaction may be crucial to improving the crashworthiness of W-beam guardrail. This study evaluated the W-beam guardrail using a finite element model in the event of a 10,000 kg truck collision. Simulations of crash tests were conducted to evaluate the crashworthiness of the W-beam guardrail in accordance with European standard EN1317. The results of this analysis can assist evaluate the design of W-guardrails and guide the future development of guardrail technologies.


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How to Cite

Tran Thanh, T., & Tso-Liang, T. . (2023). Analysis of Truck Crashes with W-beam Guardrail. Acta Technica Jaurinensis, 16(3), 107–115.



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