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Design of a New Bumper Beam Using Structural Thermoplastic Composite
ISSN: 0148-7191, e-ISSN: 2688-3627
Published March 01, 1993 by SAE International in United States
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Bumper beam design is greatly influenced by the material selected. This paper reviews the optimization of a beam made of structural thermoplastic composite-glass filled polypropylene. The steps in the development and testing are presented as well as the results of the project.
The development project was started using an existing C-section thermoplastic design. After baseline data was obtained, CAD/FEM iterations and modifications to the bumper beam tool allowed examination of some design options. An I-section beam was then designed and built and provided substantial improvements in performance, weight, and variability of test results.
CitationCrandall, J. and Bhutani, D., "Design of a New Bumper Beam Using Structural Thermoplastic Composite," SAE Technical Paper 930542, 1993, https://doi.org/10.4271/930542.
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