A "SOFT" FRONT AGAINST OBSTACLES. CRASH TESTS ON A CAR WITH A FLEXIBLE FRONT AREA

MIT "WEICHER" FRONT GEGEN HINDERNISSE. CRASH-VERSUCHE AN EINEM AUTOMOBIL MIT FLEXIBLEM VORDERTEIL

Efforts to keep the costs of repairing minor damage to a minimum led to the introduction of the so called soft face concept, in which the whole front part of the car is made from a micro-cellular polyurethane elastomer. These foam parts can withstand fairly large deformations without damage and subsequently regain their shape. Crash tests showed that in impacts up to 3.6 km per hour onto a concrete wall, any deformation of the brackets which had occurred could easily be corrected by hand. The flexible front part was undamaged. This is also the case with higher impact speeds. Only the low cost brackets have to be replaced. (TRRL)

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    VDI Nachrichten

    Postfach 1139, Graf-Recke-Strasse 84
    4 Dusseldorf 1,   Germany 
  • Authors:
    • DANNER, M
    • ANSELM, D
    • SCHAEFER, H
  • Publication Date: 1978-10

Language

  • German

Media Info

  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 8
  • Serial:
    • VDI Nachrichten
    • Volume: 32
    • Issue Number: 40
    • Publisher: VDI Nachrichten
    • ISSN: 0042-1758

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00315212
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Bundesanstalt für Straßenwesen (BASt)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 27 1980 12:00AM