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On September 29, six members of ASME- UNL Chapter toured the Midwest Roadside Safety Facility in Lincoln, NE, accompanied by members the parent Nebraska Section of ASME.  The Midwest Roadside Safety Facility (MwRSF), part of the University of
Nebraska-Lincoln, is a research organization with a main focus of
researching all aspects of highway design and safety. MwRSF conducts
safety performance evaluations of various roadside appurtenances,
developing new and innovative design concepts and technologies in the area
of highway safety.
You have probably seen some of their work in action, either on television
or in person. The Steel and Foam Energy Reduction (SAFER) barrier was
developed by engineers at MwRSF in 1998. It was first installed at the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2002, in time for the Indianapolis 500 and
first "tested" by Robby McGehee in a crash during the first day of
practice. Every oval facility that hosts an IRL IndyCar Series or NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event now includes the SAFER barrier.


 

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