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Safety Eligibility Letter B-39D

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U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration

1200 New Jersey Ave. S.E.
Washington, D.C. 20590

September 3, 2014

In Reply Refer To:
HSST/B-39D

Ms. Maggie Ellis
General Manager
Mondo Polymer Technologies
P.O. Box 250
Reno, Ohio 45773

Dear Ms. Ellis:

This letter is in response to your request for the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to review a roadside safety system for eligibility for reimbursement under the Federal-aid highway program.

Name of system: Mondo Polymer Blockout for MGS
Type of system: MGS W-Beam Guardrail offset block
Test Level: MASH Test Level 3
Testing conducted by: Midwest Roadside Safety Facility
Task Force 13 Designator: PPB02
Date of request: September 4, 2013

Decision:
The following device is eligible, with details provided in the form which is attached as an integral part of this letter:

Based on a review of crash test results submitted by the manufacturer certifying the device described herein meets the crash test and evaluation criteria of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials’ Manual for Assessing Safety Hardware (MASH), the device is eligible for reimbursement under the Federal-aid highway program. Eligibility for reimbursement under the Federal-aid highway program does not establish approval or endorsement by the FHWA for any particular purpose or use.

The FHWA, the Department of Transportation, and the United States Government do not endorse products or services and the issuance of a reimbursement eligibility letter is not an endorsement of any product or service.

Requirements
To be found eligible for Federal-aid funding, roadside safety devices should meet the crash test and evaluation criteria contained in the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials' Manual for Assessing Safety Hardware (MASH).

Description
The device and supporting documentation are described in the attached form.

Summary and Standard Provisions
Therefore, the system described and detailed in the attached form is eligible for reimbursement and may be installed under the range of conditions tested.

Please note the following standard provisions that apply to FHWA eligibility letters:

 

Sincerely yours,

/* Signature of Michael S. Griffith */

Michael S. Griffith
Director, Office of Safety Technologies
Office of Safety

Enclosures


Request for Federal Aid Reimbursement Eligibility
Of Highway Safety Hardware

Submitter Date of Request: September 4, 2013   Unselected Radio Button New   Selected Radio Button  Resubmission
Name: Maggie Ellis Signature: /s/ Maggie Ellis
Company: Mondo Polymer Technologies, Inc.
Address: P.O. Box 250 Reno, OH 45773
Country: United States of America
To: Michael S. Griffith, Director
FHWA, Office of Safety Technologies

I request the following devices be considered eligible for reimbursement under the Federal-aid highway program.

System Type Submission Type Device Name/Variant Testing Criterion Test Level
'B': Barriers (Roadside, Median, Bridge Railings) Seleted Radio Button Physical Crash Testing
Radio Button FEA & V&V Analysis
Mondo Polymer Blockout
for steel post G4 W-beam and Thrie-beam guardrail systems
AASHTO MASH TL3

By submitting this request for review and evaluation by the Federal Highway Administration, I certify that the product(s) was (were) tested in conformity with the AASHTO Manual for Assessing Safety Hardware and that the evaluation results meet the appropriate evaluation criteria in the MASH.

Identification of the individual or organization responsible for the product:

Contact Name: Maggie Ellis Same as Submitter ☒
Company Name: Mondo Polymer Technologies, Inc. Same as Submitter ☒
Address: P.O. Box 250 Reno, OH 45773 Same as Submitter ☒
Country: United States of America Same as Submitter ☒

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

Radio Button New Hardware    Selected Radio ButtonModification to Existing Hardware Non-Significant – Effect is positive or Inconsequential

In February 2002, Mondo Polymer Tech. developed a recycled composite blockout for use In the G4 W-beam and thrie-beam guardrail systems. We sponsored a full scale crash test of the G4 W-beam blockout at Texas Transportation Institute. The dimensions of the blackout tested were 360 mm long by 102 mm wide at the block/guardrail Interface and flare out to 152 mm at the post/block Interface. A 10 mm deep by 108 mm wide recess accommodated the post flange, making the effective depth of the block 194 mm. The block weighs approximately 71bs.

NCHRP Report 350 test designation 3-11 was performed on the G4 W-beam guardrail system with the above described block. The vehicle was contained and redirected and the blockout maintained their structural Integrity during the Impact event On March 27, 2002, FHWA approved the composite Mondo Blockout under approval number HSA-10/B-39A.

On February 2, 2006, Mondo Polymer requested permission from FHWA to narrow the "routed tabs" that hold the Mondo Block vertically to a steel guardrail post. The original width of these "routed tabs" were 22 mm. Our request was to narrow these "routed tabs" to a width of 11 mm.

In an email sent from Richard Powers to Maggie Ellis on February 2, 2006, Mr. Powers wrote "…It is my opinion that reducing the overall size (length and thickness) of the routed "tabs" that hold your Mondo Block vertically to a steel guardrail post will not adversely affect Its Impact performance as long as the depth of this route (approx. 3/8-inch) remains unchanged."

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CRASH TESTING

A brief description of each crash test and its result:

Required Test Number Narrative Description Evaluation Results
3-10 (1100C)

On February 5, 2013, University of Nebraska Midwest Roadside Safety Facility conducted two dynamic component tests In lieu of full scale crash tests. MwRSF Research Report No. TRP-03-289-13 included the setup of both Mondo Polymer Tech., composite blackout (Test no. MOND0-1) and a standard, 12-ln. SYP wood blackout (Test no. MOND0-2) both on a standard W6-8.5 (W152x12.6) steel posts. Both tests were conducted with a bogle vehicle impacting at target impace conditions of a speed of 20 mph (32.2 km/h) and an angle of 0 degrees, creating a classic "head-on" or full frontal Impact and strong axis bending.

Based on the results of the two crash tests, no significant differences were observed between the performance of the wood and plastic spacer blocks. Both blocks displayed similar levels of permanent damage after impact. Analysis showed that the plastic block remained firmly attached to the post during the Impact event. No concerns were observed with regards to the dynamic performance or the structural integrity of the plastic blackout when compared with the wood blackout.

This testing is being referenced because the dimension of the "routed tabs" on the composite Mondo Blackout used in this test. are the same dimension of 11 mm which we are requesting for our G4 W-beam and thrie-beam blackouts.

FHWA approved this referenced blackout on July 29, 2013, under approval no. HSST/B-39C.

WAIVER REQUEST
3-11 (2270P)

On February 5, 2013, University of Nebraska Midwest Roadside Safety Facility conducted two dynamic component tests In lieu of full scale crash tests. MwRSF Research Report No.TRP-03-289-13 included the setup of both Mondo Polymer Tech., composite blackout (Test no. MONDQ-1) and a standard, 12-ln. SYP wood blackout (Test no. MONDQ-2) both on a standard W6-85 (W1 52×12.6) steel posts. Both tests were conducted with a bogle vehicle Impacting at target impace conditions of a speed of 20 mph (32.2 km/h) and an angle of 0 degrees, creating a classic "head-on" or full frontal Impact and strong axis bending.

Based on the results of the two crash tests, no significant differences were observed between the performance of the wood and plastic spacer blocks. Both blocks displayed similar levels of permanent damage after impact. Analysis showed that the plastic block remained firmly attached to the post during the impact event. No concerns were observed with regards to the dynamic performance or the structural integrity of the plastic blackout when compared with the wood blackout.

This testing is being referenced because the dimension of the "routed tabs" on the composite Mondo Blackout used in this test, are the same dimension of 11 mm which we are requesting for our G4 W-beam and thrie-beam blockouts.

FHWA approved this referenced blackout on July 29, 2013, under approval no. HSST/B-39.

WAIVER REQUEST
3-20 (1100C) Not applicable  

CRASH TESTING

A brief description of each crash test and its result:

Required Test Number Narrative Description Evaluation Results
3-10 (1100C) Not applicable  

Full Scale Crash Testing was done in compliance with MASH by the following accredited crash test laboratory (cite the laboratory's accreditation status as noted in the crash test reports.):

Laboratory Name: Midwest Roadside Safety Facility
Laboratory Contact: Karla Lechtenberg, M.S.M.E., E.I.T. Same as Submitter ☐
Address: Nebraska Transportation Center
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
130 Whittier Research Center
220 Vine Street
Lincoln, Nebraska 68583-0853
Same as Submitter ☐
Country: United States of America Same as Submitter ☐
Accreditation Certificate
Number and Date:
2937.01

ATTACHMENTS

Attach to this form:

  1. 1) A copy of the full test report, video, and a Test Data Summary Sheet for each test conducted in support of this request.
  2. 2) A drawing or drawings of the device(s) that conform to the Task Force-13 Drawing Specifications [Hardware Guide Drawing Standards]. For proprietary products, a single isometric line drawing is usually acceptable to illustrate the product, with detailed specifications, intended use, and contact information provided on the reverse. Additional drawings (not in TF-13 format) showing details that are key to understanding the performance of the device should also be submitted to facilitate our review.

FHWA Official Business Only:

Eligibility Letter AASHTO TF13 Key Words
Number Date Designator
     

 

 


Request for Federal Aid Reimbursement Eligibility
Of Highway Safety Hardware

Submitter Date of Request: September 4, 2013   Unselected Radio Button New   Selected Radio Button  Resubmission
Name: Maggie Ellis Signature:
Company: Mondo Polymer Technologies, Inc.
Address: P.O. Box 250 Reno, OH 45773
Country: United States of America
To: Michael S. Griffith, Director
FHWA, Office of Safety Technologies

I request the following devices be considered eligible for reimbursement under the Federal-aid highway program.

System Type Submission Type Device Name/Variant Testing Criterion Test Level
'B': Barriers (Roadside, Median, Bridge Railings) Seleted Radio Button Physical Crash Testing
Radio Button FEA & V&V Analysis
Mondo Polymer Blockout
for steel post G4 W-beam and Thrie-beam guardrail systems
AASHTO MASH TL3

By submitting this request for review and evaluation by the Federal Highway Administration, I certify that the product(s) was (were) tested in conformity with the AASHTO Manual for Assessing Safety Hardware and that the evaluation results meet the appropriate evaluation criteria in the MASH.

Identification of the individual or organization responsible for the product:

Contact Name: Maggie Ellis Same as Submitter ☒
Company Name: Mondo Polymer Technologies, Inc. Same as Submitter ☒
Address: P.O. Box 250 Reno, OH 45773 Same as Submitter ☒
Country: United States of America Same as Submitter ☒

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

Modification to Existing Hardware Non-Significant- Effect is positive or Inconsequential

In February 2002, Mondo Polymer Tech. developed a recycled composite blackout for use in the G4 W-beam and thrie-beam guardrail systems. We sponsored a full scale crash test of the G4 W-beam blackout at Texas Transportation Institute. The dimensions of the blackout tested were 360 mm long by 102 mm wide at the block/guardrail interface and flare out to 152 mm at the post/block interface. A 1 0 mm deep by 108 mm wide recess accommodated the post flange, making the effective depth of the block 194 mm. The block weighs approximately 7 lbs.

NCHRP Report 350 test designation 3-11 was performed on the G4 W-beam guardrail system with the above described block. The vehicle was contained and redirected and the blackout maintained their structural integrity during the impact event. On March 27, 2002, FHWA approved the composite Mondo Blackout under approval number HSA-1 O/B-39A.

On February 2, 2006, Mondo Polymer requested permission from FHWA to narrow the "routed tabs" that hold the Mondo Block vertically to a steel guardrail post. The original width of these "routed tabs" were 22 mm. Our request was to narrow these "routed tabs" to a width of 11 mm.

In an email sent from Richard Powers to Maggie Ellis on February 2, 2006, Mr. Powers wrote "…It is my opinion that reducing the overall size (length and thickness) of the routed "tabs" that hold your Mondo Block vertically to a steel guardrail post will not adversely affect its impact performance as long as the depth of this route {approx. 3/8-inch) remains unchanged."

Return to top

CRASH TESTING

A brief description of each crash test and its result:

Required Test Number Narrative Description Evaluation Results
3-10 (1100C)

On February 5, 2013, University of Nebraska Midwest Roadside Safety Facility conducted two dynamic component tests In lieu of full scale crash tests. MwRSF Research Report No. TRP-03-289-13 included the setup of both Mondo Polymer Tech., composite blackout (Test no. MOND0-1) and a standard, 12-ln. SYP wood blackout (Test no. MOND0-2) both on a standard W6-8.5 (W152x12.6) steel posts. Both tests were conducted with a bogle vehicle impacting at target impace conditions of a speed of 20 mph (32.2 km/h) and an angle of 0 degrees, creating a classic "head-on" or full frontal impact and strong axis bending.

Based on the results of the two crash tests, no significant differences were observed between the performance of the wood and plastic spacer blocks Both blocks displayed similar levels of permanent damage after Impact. Analysis showed that the plastic block remained firmly attached to the post during the Impact 3-11 (2270P) event. No concerns were observed with regards to the dynamic performance or the structural Integrity of the plastic blackout when compared with the wood blackout.

This testing is being referenced because the dimension of the "routed tabs" on the composite Mondo Blackout used in this test. are the same dimension of 11 mm which we are requesting for our G4 W-beam and thrie-beam blackouts.

FHWA approved this referenced blackout on July 29, 2013, under approval no. HSST/B-39C.

WAIVER REQUEST
3-11 (2270P)

On February 5, 2013, University of Nebraska Midwest Roadside Safety Facility conducted two dynamic component tests in lieu of full scale crash tests. MwRSF Research Report No. TRP-03-289-13 included the setup of both Mondo Polymer Tech., composite blockout (Test no. MOND0-1) and a standard, 12-in. SYP wood blockout (Test no. MOND0-2) both on a standard W6-8.5 (W1 52&time;12.6) steel posts. Both tests were conducted with a bogle Evaluation Results vehicle impacting at target impace conditions of a speed of 20 mph (32.2 km/h} and an angle of 0 degrees, creating a classic "head-on" or full frontal impact and strong axis bending.

Based on the results of the two crash tests, no significant differences were observed between the performance of the wood and plastic spacer blocks. Both blocks displayed similar levels of permanent damage after impact. Analysis showed that the plastic block remained firmly attached to the post during the impact event. No concerns were observed with regards to the dynamic performance or the structural integrity of the plastic blockout when compared with the wood blockout.

This testing is being referenced because the dimension of the"routed tabs" on the composite Mondo Blockout used in this test, are the same dimension of 11 mm which we are requesting for our G4 W-beam and thrie-beam blackouts

FHWA approved this referenced blockout on July 29, 2013, under approval no. HSST/ B-39C.

WAIVER REQUEST
3-20 (1100C) Not applicable  
3-21 (2270P) Not applicable  

Full Scale Crash Testing was done in compliance with MASH by the following accredited crash test laboratory (cite the laboratory's accreditation status as noted in the crash test reports.):

Laboratory Name: Midwest Roadside Safety Facility
Laboratory Contact: Karla Lechtenberg, M.S.M.E., E.I.T. Same as Submitter ☐
Address: Nebraska Transportation Center
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
130 Whittier Research Center
220 Vine Street
Lincoln, Nebraska 68583-0853
Same as Submitter ☐
Country: United States of America Same as Submitter ☐
Accreditation Certificate
Number and Date:
2937.01

ATTACHMENTS

Attach to this form:

  1. 1) A copy of the full test report, video, and a Test Data Summary Sheet for each test conducted in support of this request.
  2. 2) A drawing or drawings of the device(s) that conform to the Task Force-13 Drawing Specifications [Hardware Guide Drawing Standards]. For proprietary products, a single isometric line drawing is usually acceptable to illustrate the product, with detailed specifications, intended use, and contact information provided on the reverse. Additional drawings (not in TF-13 format) showing details that are key to understanding the performance of the device should also be submitted to facilitate our review.

FHWA Official Business Only:

Eligibility Letter AASHTO TF13 Key Words
Number Date Designator
B-39D March 1, 2014  

Mondo Polymer Blockout for MGS

 

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