OCCUPANT-VS-AIRBAG FORCES MEASURED

Researchers at General Motors have conducted a study on driver surrogate interactions with an inflatable steering wheel mounted air cushion. Static and dynamic tests were performed to demonstrate interaction forces between driver and air cushion restraint systems. The magnitude of the peak interaction force was an inverse function of the initial separation distance between driver and air cushion in both body block and dummy tests. Test components used for this study did not include a complete GM driver steering wheel restraint system. The driver air cushion module which mounts in the steering wheel hub and contains the cushion, gas generator, and packaging was the major component used in these tests. The steering wheel with energy absorbing steering column and associated mounting brackets made up the rest of the test air cushion system.

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 67-69
  • Serial:
    • Automotive Engineering
    • Volume: 87
    • Issue Number: 10
    • Publisher: Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
    • ISSN: 0098-2571

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00324999
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 15 1981 12:00AM