ANALYSIS OF 30 MPH FRONTAL BARRIER UTILIZING HALF-SCALE METAL MODELS
Half-scale metal models have provided a cost-effective early indicator of frontal barrier performance relative to government and corporate goals. Models have provided direct indications of steering column kinematics and performance of specific components with respect to windshield zone intrusion. Windshield retention evaluations and even some indications of fuel system integrity have been inferred from half-scale model barrier tests. The model tests have provided early standard barrier data on vehicle crush modes and distances, barrier loads, and deceleration rates, and have generated additional data beyond that available in standard barrier tests. Under ideal conditions, a model test can be run in as little as 14 weeks from the time drawing information is available - and for as little as 10% of the cost of a full-scale prototype test.
- Presented at the SAE Congress and Exposition, Detroit, 27 February-3 March 1978.
Warrendale, PA United States 15096
- Brownfield, H A
- Rogers, D O
- Publication Date: 1978-3
- Features: References;
- Pagination: 24 p.
- TRT Terms: Automobiles; Crashworthiness; Design; Mathematical models; Metals; Traffic crashes
- Uncontrolled Terms: Models
- Old TRIS Terms: Barrier design
- Subject Areas: Design; Highways; Safety and Human Factors;
- Accession Number: 00178824
- Record Type: Publication
- Source Agency: Engineering Index
- Report/Paper Numbers: SAE 780366 Preprint, HS-025 447U
- Files: HSL, TRIS
- Created Date: Sep 27 1985 12:00AM