Development of a sport utility front bumper system for pedestrian safety and 5 mph impact performance 2001-06-0056
A front bumper system for use on a Sport Utility Vehicle was
designed by Honda R&D Americas, which meets the conflicting
requirements for both pedestrian safety and 5 mph impact
The requirements for both substantial ""soft''
crush space and limited barrier intrusion presented conflicting
design directions. A sport utility front bumper system, which
balances these design parameters, was developed using computer
modelling. A pedestrian upper-legform-to-bumper test was modeled
using MADYMO, while 5 mph barrier test simulations utilized
LS-DYNA3D. The virtually developed pedestrian bumper system's
performance was confirmed through physical testing.
This paper will outline the process and methods used for this
pedestrian bumper system development. Some details of the new
bumper design and its performance will be featured.
Duane T. Detwiler, Ryan A. Miller
Honda R&D Americas
International Technical Conference on Enhanced Safety of Vehicles