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.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • See also PB-209 634.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Dynamic Science

  • Authors:
    • SHAW, L M
    • Enserink, E
  • Publication Date: 1972-10

Media Info

  • Pagination: 187 p.

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Filing Info

  • 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