DYNAMIC TESTING OF GLASS-FIBRE REINFORCED PLASTICS FOR THE DESIGN OF BUMPER SYSTEMS

The current situation with regard to energy and raw materials is exercising a tangible influence on the use of plastics in European automotive engineering. New attitudes towards raw materials and energy emphasize the importance of plastics as the materials of the future. Plastomers, duromers and elastomers are being shown to be usable not only for body applications but also for exterior components of the car which are subjected to high mechanical stress. The extent to which lightweight construction can realistically be applied to bumper systems by using composite materials and the question as to whether or not these high polymers can make it possible to save enough energy to meet economic requirements are discussed here. In addition, the findings arising from the determination of deformation-related degrees of damage to glass-fibre reinforced plastics and their possible influence on the design of new bumper systems are discussed. Examples show how glass-fibre reinforced and glass-fibre mineral reinforced high-polymers, both compact and foamed, can be used effectively. (Author/TRRL)

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    Inderscience Enterprises Limited

    World Trade Center Building, 110 Avenue Louis Casai
    Geneva,   Switzerland 
  • Authors:
    • Johnke, K D
    • FEHRECKE, H
  • Publication Date: 1985-3

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  • Accession Number: 00396797
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-038 880
  • Files: HSL, ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 30 1985 12:00AM