CALSPAN/CHRYSLER RESEARCH SAFETY VEHICLE FRONT END DESIGN FOR PROPERTY AND PEDESTRIAN PROTECTION

Currently, over 20% of traffic fatalities in the United States are pedestrians. Very little, if any, protection is offered to the pedestrian by present day automobiles whose exterior design is dictated by exterior damage protection performance requirements. During the Research Safety Vehicle program a soft front bumper system was developed for the Calspan/Chrysler RSV which provides improved levels of pedestrian protection and exterior vehicle damage protection. This light weight bumper system consists of a flexible fascia filled with a low density energy absorbing urethane foam. Contained herein is a discussion of the rationale for selecting this type of a system as well as the design considerations and analytical methods used to develop the soft bumper system. The result of some preliminary performance tests are included. /Author/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Chrysler Corporation

    Advance Engineering Staff
    Detroit, MI  United States 
  • Authors:
    • Kruse, W L
  • Publication Date: 1976-9-23

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 28 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00152387
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council Safety Research Info Serv
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 31 1977 12:00AM