Crashworthiness Analysis

Vehicle Barrier Analysis & Design

Vehicle Barrier Analysis & Design

ARA developed a custom operable barrier design for the U.S. Tax Court Building through finite element analysis and comparison with test data. more

Tank Lading

Lading Effects on Tank Car Impact Response

The analyses performed to evaluate the effects of the lading on the impact and puncture behavior of tank cars. more

LifeNet, SoftWall, Barrier Analysis, Finite Element Analysis

LifeNet SoftWall Barrier Analysis

The LifeNet SoftWall barrier is a new barrier concept that provides a soft catch response of a vehicle that drives into the median strip. The barrier... more

Rail Crashworthiness Analysis

Rail Crashworthiness Analysis

ARA’s expertise in rail crashworthiness extends from accident reconstruction to design of crash energy management structures. more

  • Vehicle Barrier Analysis & Design
  • Tank Lading
  • LifeNet, SoftWall, Barrier Analysis, Finite Element Analysis
  • Rail Crashworthiness Analysis

ARA has greatly advanced computer modeling and simulation (M&S) tools and technologies to provide innovative solutions based on first principles simulation. In addition, we can apply these technologies beyond their national defense-related roots to support the transportation community, emergency management professionals, and the medical sciences industry.

In the area of infrastructure, ARA’s M&S tools and software provide highly accurate, cost-effective alternatives to large-scale tests in crashworthiness, forensics, impact analysis, structural characterization, and fire protection.

We perform crashworthiness analyses regularly and help establish new standards for crashworthiness of trains, highway vehicles, roadside hardware, and aircraft. We also perform assessments of safety/security for rail, transit, and other transportation systems, and we serve as a member of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Center of Excellence in Finite Element Crash Analyses.

In addition to infrastructure and vehicles, our crashworthiness capabilities address:

  • Analysis of occupant kinematics and injury potential in collisions
  • Detailed modeling of crash dummies
  • Risk assessments for train derailment

We use a range of data collection methods and software packages, as well as develop custom software for specialized applications. Our end-to-end solutions provide quick access to information about vehicles, infrastructure, and passengers to help agencies assess risks, modify standards, and enhance safety.

Vehicle Barrier Analysis & Design

Vehicle Barrier Analysis & Design

ARA developed a custom operable barrier design for the U.S. Tax Court Building through finite element analysis and comparison with test data. more

Tank Lading

Lading Effects on Tank Car Impact Response

The analyses performed to evaluate the effects of the lading on the impact and puncture behavior of tank cars. more

LifeNet, SoftWall, Barrier Analysis, Finite Element Analysis

LifeNet SoftWall Barrier Analysis

The LifeNet SoftWall barrier is a new barrier concept that provides a soft catch response of a vehicle that drives into the median strip. The barrier... more

Rail Crashworthiness Analysis

Rail Crashworthiness Analysis

ARA’s expertise in rail crashworthiness extends from accident reconstruction to design of crash energy management structures. more