1978-02-01

Analysis of 30 MPH Frontal Barrier Utilizing Half-Scale Metal Models 780366

A cost-effective early indicator of frontal barrier performance relative to government and corporate goals has been provided by half-scale metal models. These models provide direct indications of steering column kinematics and performance of specific components with respect to the windshield intrusion zone.Some indications of fuel system integrity and windshield retention evaluations have been inferred from half-scale model barrier tests. Model tests have provided early standard barrier data on vehicle crush modes and distances, barrier loads, and deceleration rates, in addition to generating data beyond what is available in standard barrier tests.

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