Results from the previous three series of collision tests of FRP cars, the following were noticeable. (1) The impact resistance of FRP body is better than that of a steel car at a relatively lower collision speed. (2) The impact failure of FRP body is characterised by localized brittle failure while that of a steel body is a ductile failure over a wide range. (3) When reconstructing the body with FRP, several steel members could not be replaced by FRP. It is important to design a combined FRP/steel structure cooperating effectively. (4) Front fenders of FRP cars tested under fixed barrier collision were broken down. A reasonable joint design shall be devised between elastically largely deformable FRP and plastically deformable steel structure. From the facts described above, the 4th series of collision tests were planned and commenced. (1) Doors of prototype steel cars were replaced with several kinds of FRP doors. (2) Collision speed of the moving pole (J-ESV) was approximately 16 km/h and 24 km/h, respectively. The target was at the centre of a front door. (3) All doors were similarly deformed but accelerations of cars were closely related to the tensile rigidity of outer-panels of doors. /Author/TRRL/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This report was presented at the 16th International Automobile Technical Congress.
  • Corporate Authors:

    International Federation of Auto Techniques Engs

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  • Authors:
    • Ishine, K
    • NOGUCHI, Y
    • Shirai, N
    • Shimamura, S
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  • Accession Number: 00165670
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Analytic
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: May 3 1978 12:00AM