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Vehicle Barrier Analysis

Marvin Liebler, PE

Course Outline

1.             Introduction
  1.1          Non-impact barriers – general
  1.2          Low impact barriers – general
  1.3          High impact barriers – general
2.             Non-impact barriers
  2.1          Channelizing devices
  2.2          Grade crossing traffic control devices
3.             Low impact barriers
  3.1          Jersey Barriers
  3.2          Cable barriers – general
     3.2.1     Cable sag
     3.2.2     Cable calculations – force input
     3.2.3     Cable calculations – kinetic energy input
     3.2.4     Temperature effects in cables
  3.3          Bollards – general
     3.3.1     Soil assumptions
     3.3.2     Force impact, no grade restraint
     3.3.3     Kinetic energy impact, no grade restraint
     3.3.4     Bollard with grade restraint
     3.3.5     Post and Pier Design
4.             High impact barriers – general
  4.1          Anti-ram barrier standard
  4.2          Types of high impact barriers
  4.3          Estimation of barrier forces
     4.3.1     Rigid barrier forces
     4.3.2     Flexible barrier forces
  4.4          Wall design
Appendix 1
Appendix 2

This course includes a multiple choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

Learning Objective

At the conclusion of this course, the student will:

Intended Audience

Structural engineers
Structural designers
Construction inspectors
Facilities planners

Benefit to Attendees

The student will now have a detailed knowledge of the characteristics, analysis, and design of typical motor vehicle

Course Introduction

This course provides the tools to the student for analyzing non-impact, low impact, and high impact motor vehicle barriers. Procedures are given for designing cable barriers, bollards, and rigid walls.

Course Content

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Vehicle Barrier Analysis

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Course Summary

The course provides sufficient explanations and procedures to enable the student to analyze typical vehicle barriers, and to design cable barriers, bollards, and rigid walls.


Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.

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DISCLAIMER: The materials contained in the online course are not intended as a representation or warranty on the part of PDH Center or any other person/organization named herein. The materials are for general information only. They are not a substitute for competent professional advice. Application of this information to a specific project should be reviewed by a registered architect and/or professional engineer/surveyor. Anyone making use of the information set forth herein does so at their own risk and assumes any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.