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Publication Number: FHWA-RD-99-026
Date: December 1998
Dynamic Evaluation of the New FOIL Instrumented Rigid Pole: FOIL Test Numbers 96F008 Through 96F015
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Federal Outdoor Impact Laboratory (FOIL) has always had a unique feature in its instrumented rigid pole, which was designed to measure frontal and side–impact crush characteristics of small passenger vehicles. With the adoption of the National Cooperative Highway Research Program Report Number 350 (NCHRP 350) as the new crash test standard, and an increasing interest in vehicle collisions with narrow objects, the need developed for computer–generated finite element models (FEM) of full–size pickup trucks. This necessitated the need for a new, larger capacity rigid pole. A new, taller, stouter rigid pole was designed and fabricated. This report documents the test procedures and test results from seven frontal full–scale vehicle crash tests between FOIL's new rigid pole and test vehicles ranging in size from FOIL's surrogate bogie to a full–size Chevrolet C2500 pickup truck.
This report (FHWA–RD–99–026) contains test data, photographs taken with high–speed film, and a summary of the test results.
This report will be of interest to all State departments of transportation, FHWA headquarters, Region and Division personnel, and highway safety researchers interested in the crashworthiness of roadside safety hardware.
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Keywords: Rigid pole, FOIL, frontal, C2500 pickup, bogie, Festiva, VW, F150, FEM