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Rollover Protection Structure - Gouge and Scratch Analysis in Rollover Crashes 2024-01-2466

Gouges and scratches to rollover protection structures are informative to the reconstruction and analysis of real-world vehicle rollover crashes. Variations in ground surface composition can be correlated with accompanying witness marks on the vehicle rollover protection structure. This paper presents the results of rollover protection structure specimen tests using a variety of test speeds and surface compositions. The test results and analyses that follow are displayed for use in comparison to similar damage on subject crash vehicles. In addition, impact of steel rollover protection structures with various opposing ground surface materials can produce visible sparks in low light conditions. Tests were performed to show the ability of these structures to produce sparks from various surface impacts.


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