A Statistical Approach to Analysis of Crash Sensor Performance 2009-01-0372
Understanding the variation in the deployment times for crash sensor systems is important to ensure robust performance of a crash sensor system. Increases in both the numbers of crash modes and deployable devices have reduced the margins for the decisions about when to deploy any given device. Currently, the industry practice is to run a sweep over the potential sources of variation, recording the minimum and maximum deployment time. Questions such as: “How often do the extremes occur?” or “Are there multiple peaks in the deployment time?” can not be answered. This work uses numerical analysis methods to build on the current sweep methodology to obtain information on the distribution of the deployment times so that questions such as these can be answered when evaluating sensor calibrations. The end result is better informed engineering decisions during the calibration development.