Analysis of Interrelation of Vehicle to Seat Belt as a Function of Rigidity of the Vehicle 680777

Experimental crash data are examined to determine how vehicle rigidity influences seat belt operation. Total occupant braking distance is maximized when a vehicle has high frontal deformation, as belt loading occurs at impact. However, for any given vehicle optimum conditions occur when:
  1. 1.
    Dead time between impact and belt loading is minimized.
  2. 2.
    Seat belt webbing characteristics are matched to vehicle structure to use maximum available braking distance.


Subscribers can view annotate, and download all of SAE's content. Learn More »


Members save up to 43% off list price.
Login to see discount.
Special Offer: With TechSelect, you decide what SAE Technical Papers you need, when you need them, and how much you want to pay.