Development of Pole Impact Testing at Multiple Vehicle Side Locations As Applied To The Ford Taurus Structural Platform Development of Pole Impact Testing at Multiple Vehicle Side Locations As Applied To The Ford Taurus Structural Platform
The research documents the crush stiffness characteristics for narrow impacts at various points on the side of the Taurus vehicle platform. Factors encountered during the research include the importance of rotational energy accounting and uncertainties related to crush energy related to induced deformation. The findings show that the front axle and A-pillar regions are much stiffer than the CG and B-pillar areas to narrow rigid pole impact. The central CG region produced stiffness relations that correspond well with published broad-impact data when the effective crush width was assumed to be roughly three times the pole diameter. Results of this research sustain the theory that stiffness properties vary significantly along the side of a vehicle. Though not practical as a tool in every circumstance, the multiple impact location technique should be considered when side impact crush energy absorption characteristics are key to the outcome of an accident reconstruction.
School:Brigham Young University
School Location:USA - Utah
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:side impact testing vehicle crush energy pole technique narrow object
Date of Publication:11/12/2004