23 Nov STA Chairman José F. Papí discusses the importance of High Performance Steels (HPS) for the Future Generation of Road Restraint Systems: The HIPEBA Project (“Thinking Highways” Global Edition, Volume 13, September 2018)

The EU is facing more and more competition from non-EU producers and advanced research is vital for the European industry for the sake of competitiveness, as well as to gain a better understanding of the increasing importance of high-performance steel in the everyday road safety sector.

A multinational research consortium comprising seven specialist organisations from industry, academia and research (Centro Sviluppo Materiali, Italy; CIDAUT Foundation, Spain; Copro, Belgium; Gonvarri Steel Services, Spain; Luleå University of Technology, Sweden; SSAB, Sweden; Smart Transportation Alliance, United Kingdom) has explored the development of safer and more competitive Road Restraint Systems (RRS) by using High-Performance Steels (HPS).

The research project has spanned from 2014 to 2017 under the name HIPEBA (“High-Performance Steel for Safer and more Competitive Safety Barriers”) and has been co-funded by the EU’s Research Fund for Coal and Steel (RFCS).

The full article (including a link to an end-of-project videoclip) can be accessed  here

To learn more about the HIPEBA project and its results, please access the project’s website