1988-09-01

Side Impact Research 885055

This paper provides an overview of the Side impact Research program conducted by Vehicle Methods and Components Department of Ford Motor Company over the past three years. A simple spring-mass computer simulation model is developed for predicting crash behavior of the body side structure of a vehicle impacted on its side by another vehicle. The model was used in determining the degree of structural reinforcement required to effectively reduce body side intrusion of a compact size vehicle. Exellent agreement between the predicted and test results was obtained and the effectiveness of structural reinforcements in reducing occupant cushioning requirement was demonstrated.

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