The article describes the vehicle design engineering service, based on the philosophy of simplification rather than elaboration, provided by the structural design group of the Cranfield Institute of Technology. In parallel with development work on lightweight structures and impact resistance in vehicle body design, an impact performance simulation technique offering potential saving in prototype construction and crash-test programmes has also been developed. Modelling of crash barrier tests allow the performance of vehicle structures to be predicted. In the first case, vehicle body crush is obtained for a given vehicle load and impact speed. In the second case impact time and final (rebound) speed are added and three additional parameters - crush modulus, severity factor and structure index - define a vehicle's impact behaviour. (TRRL)

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  • Publication Date: 1980-4-5

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  • Features: Figures; Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 77-79
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 5
    • Issue Number: 2
    • Publisher: Institution of Mechanical Engineers
    • ISSN: 0307-6490

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00319631
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-029 212
  • Files: HSL, ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 19 1984 12:00AM