Testing of Cooling Module Component for Frontal Impact and Sensor Modeling Development 2003-01-0501
This paper describes (1) the development of a component test methodology for testing a cooling module including radiator, condenser and trans. cooler, and (2) the associated CAE model development. A series of light truck/SUV cooling module component tests were conducted to obtain their characteristics as inputs for frontal impact and sensor modeling development. First, the cooling module component CAE sub-model was developed using soft springs along with fine-mesh sheet metal shell elements. Second, simulated sub-model results were correlated fairly well with the test data. Third, this component CAE sub-model was then incorporated into a full vehicle CAE model that was used for frontal impact (NCAP) and sensor development. Results indicated that the proposed test method for cooling module components provided consistent data and the results from cooling module sub-model can be incorporated into the full vehicle CAE model for improving the quality and accuracy of CAE models.