FEASIBILITY STUDY OF PLASTIC AUTOMOTIVE STRUCTURE

Reinforced plastics materials were studied to determine the feasibility of designing crashworthy structure for a subcompact size automobile. Glass reinforced polyester and rigid polyurethane foam were selected as the primary materials of construction. Dynamic, 30 mph, drop tower tests were made on various shaped test elements to determine the energy absorbing characteristics. A frontal structure was designed, fabricated and tested, 50 mph flat barrier, using a modified 1974 subcompact automobile. It was concluded from the test results that glass reinforced polyester materials could be used in a crashworthy automotive structure with a potential weight and cost savings.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Budd Company

    300 Commerce Drive
    Fort Washington, PA  USA  19034

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  USA  20590
  • Authors:
    • Jahnle, H A
  • Publication Date: 1975-12

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: 15 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00094030
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: TCR-0283-FS Summ Rpt., DOT-HS-801-772
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-HS-4-00929
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Mar 10 1976 12:00AM