1995-02-01

Investigation of Improving Energy Absorption Performance and Reducing Weight of Passenger Air Bag Modules Using Computer Aided Analysis 950338

A computer analysis method using software for nonlinear dynamic finite element calculations has been developed to perform impact simulation on a passenger air bag module. The effects of the following parameters on energy absorption performance are investigated: 1)Air Bag Module Door Bead and Thickness 2)Reaction Can Material and Plate Thickness From the results of this parameter study, design criteria are determined for achieving a low weight design with optimum energy absorbing characteristics.

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