Faculty Advisor

Banks, McRae C.

Abstract

The purpose of this project was to perform a market analysis of the guardrail industry in order to determine if commercialization of a High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) guardrail is feasible. To determine this we conducted survey interviews with numerous state transportation departments, leaders in the guardrail industry, and conducted comparative pricing analysis of the HDPE rail against current steel guardrail products. We also reviewed federal safety standards for guardrails and costs associated with meeting those standards, as well as looking into the cost saving aspects that may be associated with the commercialization and subsequent implementation of the HDPE guardrail system.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

May 2009

Major

Management

Major

Management Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Business

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