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Side Impact of a Paratransit Bus

Title: Side Impact of a Paratransit Bus.
Name(s): Turley, Joshua, author
Jung, Sungmoon, professor directing thesis
Wekezer, Jerry, committee member
Rambo-Roddenberry, Michelle, committee member
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2013
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: The Florida Department of Transportation--Transit Office has endeavored to quantify the safety of a paratransit bus in a side impact collision. They have provided funded to produce this work. The goal of this work is to determine the likeliness that an occupant in a paratransit bus will experience an unacceptable amount of harm during a side impact collision. A side impact experiment was performed. An impactor weighing 4,400 lbs consisting of a crash cart with an attached IIHS deformable barrier was suspended between two steel towers. The impactor was raised to a height of 31 ft and let swing into the side of a stationary paratransit bus in a pendulum motion impacting at an angle of 90 degrees. Inside the bus a Hybrid III 50th percentile Anthropomorphic Test Dummy (ATD) was seated near the region of impact. The ATD recorded values that were all below Injury Assessment Reference Values (IARV) which indicates a favorable crashworthiness result for a side impact of similar paratransit bus. There was a significant amount of crush in the deformable barrier where it contacted the bus deck and indicates that should the impactor impact the bus higher or the bus have a low deck construction the results may be significantly different. This should be investigated in future research.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-7632 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester, 2013.
Date of Defense: March 28, 2013.
Keywords: Side Impact
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Sungmoon Jung, Professor Directing Thesis; Jerry Wekezer, Committee Member; Michelle Rambo-Roddenberry, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Civil engineering
Environmental engineering
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Owner Institution: FSU

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