Browse Publications Technical Papers 2020-36-0086

The addition of Design for Armoring as an engineering methodology in the development of premium civilian vehicles 2020-36-0086

Brazil for more than two decades is the largest producer of civilian armored vehicles in the world, where in 2018 almost 12,000 new vehicles received this type of protection in the country, contributing to an estimated armored fleet reaching almost 220 thousand units. In 2019, there was an estimated growth of between 20% and 25% compared to the previous year, where premium segment vehicles characterize the majority of civilian armored vehicles. In this context, this paper presents an overview, in the country, of the main models of civilian vehicles that are armored at ballistic protection type III-A level against handguns, according to the NIJ 0108.01 standard, from the National Institute of Justice of the United States. In this sense, just as automakers adopt DFM and DFA, Design for Manufacturing and Design for Assembly, as part of their vehicle developments, the purpose of this paper is to present and propose the addition of DFAr, Design for Armoring in premium vehicle projects. The main idea is to properly design the vehicle by considering the inclusion of opaque and transparent protective materials in the vehicle system still during the assembly process as to guarantee automotive and ballistic quality in case they are armored according to NIJ III-A protection level. The objective is to provide, still during the design phase, the necessary spaces in the automobile for the correct installation of these armoring materials, to safeguard the original functionalities of the automotive components and simultaneously provide the required ballistic protection of the vehicle while attaining all quality requirements.


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