Development of an Advanced, Engineering Thermoplastic Step-Pad Bumper for a Sport Utility Vehicle 970485
A conceptual step-pad bumper system has been designed for a sport utility vehicle. This bumper incorporates an all-thermoplastic solitary beam/fascia with a Class A finish and a replaceable, grained thermoplastic olefin (TPO) or urethane step pad. The rear beam is injection molded and the cover plate features integrated through-towing capabilities and electrical connections. The bumper is designed to pass FMVSS Part 581, 8 km/h impacts. The system can potentially offer a 5.0-13.6 kg weight savings at comparable costs to conventional step-pad bumper systems. This paper will detail the design and development of the concept and finite-element analysis (FEA) validation.