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Technical Paper
Vernon D. Halliday, Donald R. Hoover, Harry G. Holcombe, Ben C. Parr
The authors examine the engineering requirements of a passenger car instrument panel having improved ability to reduce occupant injury. In the development of materials and their geometric configuration, the pad and its underlying structure receive primary consideration. A prototype instrument panel is described, and data are presented on approximately 40 different materials and combinations of materials evaluating their ability to absorb occupant energy.
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Wendy Lange, John Caron, J. D. Snyder
The Vehicle Recycling Partnership (VRP) glass recycling project team evaluated the current state of automotive glass recycling. The area that had the most opportunity for improvement was the materials recycling of vehicle assembly plant scrap and post consumer automotive glass. The main barriers to be overcome were the logistics and the cost of collection. Automotive glass repair shops were chosen for study. A process was developed for collection and delivery of the glass to a recycler. The process was piloted and the result was a standard process and contract that could be used by other glass repair shops for recycling their glass.
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James R. Fekete, Anne M. Stibich, Ming F. Shi
Continuing pressure to reduce mass and cost of vehicles is driving the development of new high strength steel products with improved combinations of strength and formability. Galvanized, cold rolled dual phase steel products are new alternatives to conventional high strength low alloy (HSLA) steel for strength limited applications in vehicles. These steels have higher tensile strengths than HSLA products with nearly equivalent formability. This paper compares the performance of HSLA and dual phase sheet steel products in a series of drop tower tests. Samples were prepared by stamping the steel sheets into typical rail-type parts using a production-intent die process. The parts were sectioned, and subsequently fabricated into hat-shaped assemblies that were then dynamically crushed by a drop weight. The experiments were designed such that the entire energy input by the drop weight was absorbed by the samples.
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