A research team at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) have developed the world’s first portable, composite, steel and plastic water-filled road safety crash barriers. The patent-pending safety barrier hopes to decrease the severity of high-speed crashes into barriers, leading to fewer fatalities, injuries and damage in construction zones on roads.
Professor David Thambiratnam from QUT’s School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment said the distinct difference with this design compared to current water-filled plastic iterations, is the unique joint mechanism that can withstand high-speed impacts. While easy to install, this product is the “only deformable, portable barrier on the market capable of enduring high impact collisions,” said Professor Thambiratnam. The simplified barrier installation mechanism also assures easy access for paramedics in emergency situations.
Under an exclusive worldwide licensing agreement brokered by QUT’s innovation and knowledge transfer company, the barriers will soon be in market in in Australia and New Zealand, with the United States to follow. Way to keep Australia clever, QUT. Congratulations.