RESEARCH SAFETY VEHICLE PROGRAM (PHASE I)-VOLUME IV. RSV CONCEPTUAL DEFINITION; FINAL PHASE I BI-MONTHLY REPORT

A preliminary conceptual design intended to meet the specifications recommended in Volume III for the Research Safety Vehicle (RSV) is presented. It is expected that this preliminary design will be the basis for further development in Phases II and III of the program. The design assumes derivation of the RSV from a production automobile. In this part of the study, numerous candidate base vehicles were considered. The rationale behind the selection of the particular vehicle (designated the C-6) is discussed. Extensive data on the geometric, performance and crash properties of the C-6 are presented. This preliminary design considers base vehicle alterations relative to styling, occupant/cargo packaging, running gear and crash safety. The dimensional and style characteristics recommended for the RSV were verified by development of a full-scale vehicle mock-up. Major design attention was placed on bumpers, vehicle structure and compartment interior components. A soft face bumper intended to provide improved pedestrian and vehicle protection is incorporated into the vehicle front. An integrated crashworthy vehicle structural design which improves passenger compartment integrity as well as reduces vehicle aggressivity is proposed. Both advanced air bag and lap/shoulder belt concepts are suggested as being appropriate for further consideration in Phase II of the RSV program.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Calspan Corporation

    4455 Genesee Street
    Buffalo, NY  United States  14225
  • Authors:
    • MILLER, P M
    • PUGLIESE, S M
    • Ryder, M O
    • DuWaldt, F A
    • Chesley, S W
  • Publication Date: 1975-6

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 151 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00126865
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Highway Safety Research Institute
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT/HS 801 610 Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-HS-4-00838
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 14 1976 12:00AM