Analysis of Structural Impact and Crashworthiness using Experimental, Analytical and Computational Techniques: An Overview and Recent Developments

This article offers an overview of historical and recent developments in structural impact and crashworthiness analysis using experimental, analytical, and computational techniques. The study of how a structure or a component reacts to impact and loads is essential to structural crashworthiness research. Topics include component impact tests, collapse of architecture, computer modeling and simulation, finite element models, crashworthiness and structural design, and meta-modeling. The authors use a case example provided to show the regular approach of studying an “S” shaped thin-walled beam’s crash behavior through computer modeling and simulation. The authors conclude with a brief discussion of how, in the future, experimental and computational atomic scale plasticity techniques such as diffraction and microscopy can be employed in this research area to develop a fuller understanding of structural impact mechanisms.


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  • Accession Number: 01355900
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 4 2011 10:27AM