SIDE IMPACT CRASHWORTHINESS OF FULL-SIZE HARDTOP AUTOMOBILES PHASE 2
The purpose of this program was to investigate and improve the side impact crashworthiness of full-size hardtop automobiles. Phase I established the side impact crash response characteristics of conventional late-model hardtop automobiles in a series of five crash tests. Phase II was devoted to developing and verifying a crashworthy side structure design through analytical studies as well as through component and full-scale crash testing. The optimum concept and materials were identified through structural and trade-off analyses and consisted of: A stiffened occupant compartment rigidly coupled to a reinforced frame; and a crushable foam energy-absorbing system. The design was developed by conducting three full-scale crash tests. A concluding vehicle-to-vehicle crash test demonstrated that the finalized design meets the program objectives.
- See also PB-209 634.
- SHAW, L M
- Enserink, E
- Publication Date: 1972-10
- Pagination: 187 p.
- TRT Terms: Collisions; Crash injury research; Crashworthiness; Design; Frames; Impact tests; Motor vehicle bodies; Research; Safety
- Old TRIS Terms: Automobile bodies; Hardtop automobiles; Nhsb
- Subject Areas: Design; Research; Safety and Human Factors;
- Accession Number: 00046228
- Record Type: Publication
- Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
- Report/Paper Numbers: 2310-72-29 Final Rpt
- Contract Numbers: DOT-HS-046-1-209
- Files: NTIS
- Created Date: Jul 31 1973 12:00AM