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Project Information
Project ID:   FHWA-PROJ-08-0059
Project Name:   Advanced Crash Analysis Program (ACAP) for Transportation Safety and Security
Project Status:   Active
Start Date:  December 23, 2008
End Date:  May 31, 2014
Contact Information
Last Name:  Arispe
First Name:  Eduardo
Telephone:  202-493-3291
E-mail:  eduardo.arispe@dot.gov
Office:   Office of Safety Research and Development
Team:   Roadway Team [HRDS-10]
Laboratory:   Federal Outdoor Impact Laboratory
Project detail
Roadmap/Focus area(s):   Roadway Departure
Project Description:   A five-year Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity contract was established to provide vehicle modeling and crash simulation, roadside safety analysis, crash testing, reverse engineering, occupant risk studies, and training and outreach to operate and enhance the crash data library and conduct infrastructure security evaluations. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Department of State have partnered with the Federal Highway Administration to support this contract. Task Orders were initiated for the following efforts: TO 1 – Project Organization and Kickoff.TO 2 – Provide Analysis and Evaluation Support for Roadside Safety Team.TO 3 – Operation and Maintenance of the Federal Outdoor Impact Laboratory (FOIL).TO 4 – Conduct Efforts to Document and Disseminate Research and Support Outreach Efforts.TO 5 – Update and Maintain Vehicle and Hardware Models and Associated Documentation.TO 6 – Analyze Terrain Effects on the Trajectories of Vehicles That Leave the Road.TO 7 – Investigate Causes of Rollover Events for Various Crash Types Using Analytic Methods.TO 8 – Develop Updated Bogie Test Vehicle for the FOIL.TO 9 – Analyses and Testing of the Improved Infrastructure Security Barriers.TO 10 – Analysis of Improvements to Department of State (DOS) Infrastructure Barriers to Enhance Performance.TO 11 – Develop and Validate a Finite Element (FE) Model for a Small Car.TO 12 – Maintain the Crash Tests Library and Continue Digital Conversion.TO 13 – Provide Ongoing Analysis and Evaluation Support for FE Modeling and Simulation.TO 14 – Assess Effectiveness of Child Safety Devices in Rear Seat Placement.TO 15 – Analyses of New Materials on Vehicle Crash Integrity.TO 16 – Investigate Self- and Partner Protection of New Vehicle Designs Using Structural Modeling.TO 17 – Ongoing Analysis and Testing of Improved Infrastructure Security Barriers.TO 18 – Conduct Efforts to Document and Disseminate Research and Support Outreach Efforts.TO 19 – Update and Maintain Vehicle and Hardware Models and Associate Documentation.TO 20 – Investigate Causes of Rollover Events for Various Crash Types Using Analytical Methods.TO 21 – Develop Updated Bogie Test Vehicle for the FOIL.TO 22 – Analyze the Safety Implications of New Vehicle Designs in Roadside Crashes.TO 23 – Develop and Validate an FE Model for a Midsized Car.TO 24 – Optimization, Documentation, and Demonstration of Tractor-Trailer FE Model. Other task orders will be added as the need arises and resources become available.
Goals:  
(1) Conduct advanced crash research for safety and security.
(2) Advance techniques and tools for crash analysis including vehicle modeling, dynamics analyses, and crash simulation.
(3) Maintain a national repository of crash information. 
(4) Conduct crash testing to develop models and validate analysis results. 
(5) Disseminate the research findings.
(6) Support multifaceted outreach efforts.
(7) Conduct detailed and clinical analyses of crash data.
(8) Investigate occupant risks in crashes.
(9) Analyze infrastructure designs for safety and security.
Background Information:   Advanced Crash Analysis Program will continue many of the efforts that were undertaken under the Federal Highway Administration/National Highway Traffic Safety Administration National Crash Analysis Centers contract.
Product Type:   Research report
Test Methodology:   Various
Other Information:   Authorized up to $23,000,000 subject to the availability of funds. The first 17 task orders in the project are underway. See the list in the Project Description field for task order descriptions. As these major efforts for the first year got underway at different times, progress varies for each task.
Expected Benefits:   The program will provide insights and knowledge about crash causation and the effectiveness of mitigation measures related to both the vehicle and highway. Methods and tools will be developed and disseminated to improve the capabilities of professionals and researchers in addressing safety and security issues.
Deliverables: 1. Name: Reports.
Product Type(s): Research report
Description: Various types of documents are produced to provide ongoing descriptions of the analyses, testing, and simulation of various types of crashes.
2. Name: Tech summaries.
Product Type(s): Research report
Description: Tech summaries.
3. Name: Datasets.
Product Type(s): Research report
Description: Datasets.
4. Name: Models.
Product Type(s): Research report
Description: Models.
5. Name: Tests.
Product Type(s): Research report
Description: Tests.
6. Name: Videos.
Product Type(s): Research report
Description: Videos.
7. Name: Animations.
Product Type(s): Research report
Description: Animations.
Related URL(s):   http://wwwcf.fhwa.dot.gov/exit.cfm?link=http://www.ncac.gwu.edu
FHWA Topics:   Safety--Data and Analysis Tools•Highway-Railroad Grade Crossing
TRT Terms:   Safety
Design
Highways
Research
Human Factors
Vehicle Safety
Security
Crash Analysis
Crashes
FHWA Disciplines:   Safety
Design
Subject Areas:   Highways
Research
Safety and Human Factors
Vehicles and Equipment

 

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