Nonrigid Barrier Design for Assessment of Automobile Aggressiveness.
Final rept. Jan-Sep 75,
NATIONAL AVIATION FACILITIES EXPERIMENTAL CENTER ATLANTIC CITY N J
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Crash testing of automobiles to improve safety features has been dominated by crash tests against a flat stationary barrier. Such tests do not effectively measure the characteristic known as vehicle aggressiveness. An aggressive automobile may, in the flat barrier impact test, provide a high level of protection for its own occupants. In a two-car collision, such a vehicle may render the survival of the occupants of the other car difficult or impossible to achieve. There are three types of aggressiveness architectural aggressiveness, such as a very stiff bumper or fender mass aggressiveness, such as an engine located in such a way that on impact with the struck car it will produce lethal penetration and structural aggressiveness, where the overall structure of the vehicle is much stiffer than that of the struck car, thus forcing it to absorb most of the crash energy. A moving nonrigid crash barrier was designed to assess vehicle aggressiveness and crash survivability.
- Surface Transportation and Equipment
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