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Evolution of Structural Instrument Panels
ISSN: 0148-7191, e-ISSN: 2688-3627
Published March 04, 2002 by SAE International in United States
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Event: SAE 2002 World Congress & Exhibition Automotive and Transportation Technology Congress and Exposition
In structural Instrument Panels the conventionally used cross car beam is eliminated by using the plastic structure as a load carrying construction. Due to the continuous search for lowering costs and weight in the development of new cars, the concept has been applied a number of times. Many articles have been published since on this subject, describing the design concepts, engineering development and types of plastic material applied. In general, the structural instrument panel assemblies show to have substantially lower cost and weight compared with conventional cross car beam based instrument panel structures while all of performance requirements are met. Also, improved packaging space, reduction in assembly time and improved recyclability are seen as major advantages. The use of state of the art Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) has proved to reduce development time and costs. The present paper gives an overview of the evolution of structural instrument panel concepts as seen in the past seven years.
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CitationSlik, G., "Evolution of Structural Instrument Panels," SAE Technical Paper 2002-01-1270, 2002, https://doi.org/10.4271/2002-01-1270.
SAE 2002 Transactions Journal of Materials & Manufacturing
Number: V111-5; Published: 2003-09-15
Number: V111-5; Published: 2003-09-15
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