CALSPAN/CHRYSLER RESEARCH SAFETY VEHICLE FRONT IMPACT STRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT

The Calspan/Chrysler RSV is a practical safety vehicle for the 1980's that can be produced within the projected limits of technology and materials at a rate of 300,000 units per year. It must have consumer appeal and has the major restriction of a base vehicle weight less than 3,000 pounds. Within these limits, the front impact structure is being developed to maximize occupant protection for both the striking and struck vehicles. This paper describes the front impact structural concept and details the complete vehicle static crush and computer impact simulation work accomplished to this point in the development. The computer simulation based on complete car static crush data in verified through comparisons of simulated versus actual impact data for the Simca 1307 base car. The value of the analysis method in defininf structure that must meet high speed front barrier impact criteria as well as front to side vehicle impact compatibility and pedestrian impact requirements is demonstrated. The static crush and analysis of two modified vehicles is described in detail. /Author/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Chrysler Corporation

    Advance Engineering Staff
    Detroit, MI  United States 
  • Authors:
    • Glasgow, F J
    • Treece, T L
  • Publication Date: 1976-8

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 32 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00152386
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council Safety Research Info Serv
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 31 1977 12:00AM