An Innovative Concept of Energy Absorption System for Automotive Collisions 2004-01-1613
An innovative concept of energy absorption system for vehicles is shown in this article. In this system, vehicle parts not directly affected by the impact are capable of absorbing energy. The numerical simulations based on the Finite Element Method, showed the advantages given by the system developed for its use in intercity buses. Full Frontal Crash tests showed empirically that the application of the system developed implies a smaller deformation of the vehicle, thus increasing the safety of passengers.