Versatility and Limitations of a Fully Detailed Finite Element Model of a 1997 Dodge Grand Caravan for Crashworthiness Applications 2000-01-0629
This paper explains the characteristics of a highly detailed finite element model of a 1997 Dodge Grand Caravan, intended primarily for crashworthiness applications. The interest of the model, which was funded by a federal grant, stems in part from the its public domain availability. It consists of approximately 540 parts, 337,000 elements, 349,000 nodes and 6,500 connections. Since it will be mainly used to represent its class of vehicle, in this case the minivan type, an alternative concept of validation for a category of vehicles is discussed at the end of the article, together with the versatility and limitations of the model.
Citation: Monclus-Gonzalez, J., Kan, C., and Bedewi, N., "Versatility and Limitations of a Fully Detailed Finite Element Model of a 1997 Dodge Grand Caravan for Crashworthiness Applications," SAE Technical Paper 2000-01-0629, 2000, https://doi.org/10.4271/2000-01-0629. Download Citation
Jesus Monclus-Gonzalez, Cing-Dao Kan, Nabih E. Bedewi
FHWA/NHTSA National Crash Analysis Center. The George Washington University
SAE 2000 World Congress
Computer Applications for Crash, Optimization, and Simulation Research-SP-1496, SAE 2000 Transactions Journal of Passenger Cars - Mechanical Systems-V109-6