Develop Inertial Vehicle Barrier Calculator - Student Researcher
Auburn, AL
U.S. Department of Defense (DOD)
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The Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC) focuses on technologies applied to the civil engineer mission encompassing, among others, materials, soils, facility design, construction, security systems and components, infrastructure protection and operations, system control, and energy. For more information, go to

Under the guidance of a mentor the participant will collaborate with AFCEC to develop a simplified tool to calculate the size of inertial mass barriers used to stop vehicle impacts. The tool must use commonly available Microsoft applications such as EXCEL to accept input and calculate the size for the inertial barrier and barrier options. The dynamic analysis may require the development of factors to convert the true dynamic response to a more simplified conservation of momentum or conservation of energy application. Using existing finite element simulations, the participant will validate the new tool accuracy using the two example vehicles. Participant will acquire/increase his/her knowledge in project design, simulation of vehicle collision response, collection and analysis of data, historical reports on subject, and critical interpretation of historical reports and simulation results to validate the simplified collision tool. The project will allow the participant to develop analysis skills when defining complex dynamic models with the objective to provide a practical tool for non-engineers. The participant will develop strong communication skills as he or she interacts with stakeholders and other interested parties.

Appointment Length

This appointment is a twelve month research appointment, with the possibility to be renewed for additional research periods. Appointments may be extended depending on funding availability, project assignment, program rules, and availability of the participant.

Participant Benefits

Participants will receive a stipend to be determined by AFCEC. Stipends are typically based on the participant’s academic standing, discipline, experience, and research facility location. Other benefits may include the following:

Health Insurance Supplement. Participants are eligible to purchase health insurance through ORISE.

Relocation Allowance

Training and Travel Allowance

Nature of Appointment

The participant will not enter into an employee/employer relationship with ORISE, ORAU, DOD, or any other office or agency. Instead, the participant will be affiliated with ORISE for the administration of the appointment through the ORISE appointment letter and Terms of Appointment.


The participant shall have completed at least the majority of graduate courses in the civil engineer curriculum with emphasis on structural engineering and modeling. The participant should have experience with vehicle crash finite element models used to evaluate and simulate vehicle crash effects. Courses on fluid dynamics, kinematics or other courses of similar content are preferred to assure a rapid start of the analysis. A GPA of at least 3.0 is required for the participant. Participants shall be attending Auburn University (College of Engineering) and have access to the university resources and facilities. .

Eligibility Requirements
Citizenship: U.S. Citizen Only
Degree: Bachelor's Degree, Master's Degree, or Doctoral Degree received within the last 60 months or currently pursuing.
Overall GPA: 3.00

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