BASIC RESEARCH IN CRASHWORTHINESS II-FRONTAL CAR IMPACT TESTS OF UNMODIFIED VEHICLES

The report presents results of four car-to-car head-on impact tests. The four tests involved a Ford sedan impacting a Ford, Buick, Chevrolet Nova and a Chevrolet Vega, respectively. All four tests were conducted using unmodified vehicles impacting at a nominal 40 MPH for each vehicle (i. e., 80 MPH closing speed). Results obtained from piggyback air cushion tests are also included for the Ford/Buick, Ford/Nova and Ford/Vega tests. It is emphasized here that these installations were state-of-the-art systems (i.e., 30 MPH design speed) fitted to compartment geometry not optimum for the particular design. Hence, the results should be interpreted as baseline data only -- and not as performance data.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Calspan Corporation

    4455 Genesee Street
    Buffalo, NY  USA  14225
  • Authors:
    • DuWaldt, F A
    • Ryder, M O
  • Publication Date: 1973-7

Media Info

  • Pagination: 158 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00050761
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: CALSPAN-YB-2987-V-8 Intrm Rpt
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-FH-11-7622
  • Files: NTIS
  • Created Date: Jan 31 1974 12:00AM