Browse Publications Technical Papers 1999-01-0688
1999-03-01

A Predictive Design Methodology for Active Top Pads During Airbag Deployment 1999-01-0688

Using a combination of engineering test experience, explicit finite-element analysis, and advanced materials characterization, a predictive engineering method has been developed that can assist in the development of active top pads. An active top pad is the component of the instrument panel that covers the passenger airbag module and articulates during a crash event, allowing the airbag to deploy. This paper highlights the predictive analysis method, analytical results interpretation, and suggestions for future development.

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