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Type: Journal article
Title: A causal model of crash test pulses: effect of impact speed on deformation and other variables
Author: Hutchinson, T.
Citation: Australian Journal of Mechanical Engineering, 2016; 14(2):115-119
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Issue Date: 2016
ISSN: 1448-4846
2204-2253
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T. P. Hutchinson
Abstract: Consider crash tests in which a car strikes a solid block. Suppose there is a particular differential equation (that includes a term in deformation to the power n) relating acceleration at any instant to deformation and velocity at that moment. If that is the case, the dependencies on impact speed of maximum acceleration, duration of impact and deformation are interconnected: the relationships are power functions, and the exponents are all determined by the exponent n in the differential equation. Data from both tests and real crashes suggest that n is about 0.5 for front wheel drive cars.
Keywords: Crash testing; deformation; maximum acceleration
Rights: © 2015 Engineers Australia
RMID: 0030054657
DOI: 10.1080/14484846.2015.1093232
Appears in Collections:Centre for Automotive Safety Research publications

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