A case-study about side door closing effort 2008-36-0154
Door Closing Effort is one of the first impressions a potential customer has about a vehicle. The energy someone needs to give out to push and lock a side door vehicle is easily felt and can enhance the impression of a robust and high quality design vehicle. In other words, Door Closing Effort is one of the issues manufacturers shall look over in order to achieve perfect levels of Human Vehicle Integration (HVI).
The aim of this paper is to present a case study of Side Door Closing Effort of a specific Hummer vehicle. It will be shown how door closing effort varies according to several parameters, and how to improve the design and/or production process in view of achieving better effort levels, considering the Hummer case as a background. Several variables that influence on the overall energy of this process have been evaluated, and the physical differences were weighted to demonstrate what really counts for reaching a comfortable level of Door Closing Effort.