Material Selection Guidelines for Structural Instrument Panel Applications 950642
Structural instrument panels are an excellent alternative to traditional constructions since they can provide substantial part consolidation, weight reduction, tool and cost savings, and manufacturing and assembly simplification. In structural panels, the main energy absorbing element for decelerating an unrestrained occupant is the plastic integrated retainer-structural duct. The role of the components in the instrument panel needs to be clearly understood for adequately engineering the system and properly selecting the polymeric material for optimum system performance in the different operating environments. The present paper discusses the performance of the structural instrument panel, the engineering and design requirements, and provides guidelines for selection of materials.