Half-scale metal models have provided a cost-effective early indicator of frontal barrier performance relative to government and corporate goals. Models have provided direct indications of steering column kinematics and performance of specific components with respect to windshield zone intrusion. Windshield retention evaluations and even some indications of fuel system integrity have been inferred from half-scale model barrier tests. The model tests have provided early standard barrier data on vehicle crush modes and distances, barrier loads, and deceleration rates, and have generated additional data beyond that available in standard barrier tests. Under ideal conditions, a model test can be run in as little as 14 weeks from the time drawing information is available - and for as little as 10% of the cost of a full-scale prototype test.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Presented at the SAE Congress and Exposition, Detroit, 27 February-3 March 1978.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)

    400 Commonwealth Drive
    Warrendale, PA  United States  15096
  • Authors:
    • Brownfield, H A
    • Rogers, D O
  • Publication Date: 1978-3

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 24 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00178824
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Report/Paper Numbers: SAE 780366 Preprint, HS-025 447U
  • Files: HSL, TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 27 1985 12:00AM