Development of a Finite Element Model of the Flex-PLI-GTR
Evaluation of pedestrian leg protection performance using the Flex-PLI-GTR (Flexible Pedestrian Legform Impactor Global Technical Regulation) impactor is initiated in JNCAP in 2011. Therefore, a finite element (FE) model of Flex-PLI-GTR is needed for use in digital car development in order to satisfy pedestrian leg protection performance requirements. This paper describes the FE model of Flex-PLI-GTR that has been developed to meet this need. There are three important features of this FE model for obtaining sufficient simulation accuracy. First, the shapes of all Flex-PLI-GTR structures were modeled in detail. Shape information of the inner structures was obtained by computerized tomography scanning and shape information of the inner structures of the outer skin was obtained by laser measurement. Furthermore, the shape of the wrapped skin was incorporated into the FE model based on a wrapping simulation.