APPLICATION AND TESTING AN INTERNATIONAL AIR CUSHION BUMPER ON A STRUCTURALLY MODIFIED AUTOMOBILE

A modified version of the pneumatic air cushion bumper has been incorporated into the basic design of a prototype automobile designed to provide improved structural performance during front, side, rear, and rollover collisions. A simple air bladder, recessed within a high-strength bumper bar, was supported by the front cross member of a modified frame which also served as a supplementary volume to reduce peak pressures and loads. Check valves were located between the bladder and the frame chamber to limit energy of r e bound. Test results showed that the design is suitable for incorporation into vehicles intended to withstand barrier crashes of 5-10 mph. /Author/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Presented at the Automotive Engineering Congress and Exposition, Detroit, Michigan 24-28 February 1975.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Calspan Corporation

    4455 Genesee Street
    Buffalo, NY  USA  14225
  • Authors:
    • Merz, E J
    • Greene, J E
  • Publication Date: 1975-2

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 12 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00141944
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council Safety Research Info Serv
  • Report/Paper Numbers: SAE #750012
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-HS-053-2-487
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 13 1977 12:00AM