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Load Distribution Optimization of seatbelts using validated finite element approach.

anshul satija-Anshul Satija
  • Technical Paper
  • 2019-28-2575
To be published on 2019-11-21 by SAE International in United States
The seat belt system is one of most imperative component of the safety instrument family in a vehicle. The main purpose of seat belt is to minimize the injuries by preventing the occupant from impacting hard interior parts of the vehicle and also the passenger from being thrown-out from the vehicle in case of rollover accidents. The standard three-point belts, mounted to the vehicle in three places, namely anchor, D ring and buckle. The position of D ring is very important to distribute the impact load evenly to the occupants. Very high load in any of these locations could cause breakage of the mountings and also concentrated loading on the occupant chest of pelvis. This study mainly focuses on the seatbelt assembly performance improvement against ECE-R16 sled test. The sled test was carried out first using 28g peak acceleration pulse and measurement of forces at shoulder and anchor position was measured using the load cell. FE (Finite Element) model of the complete seatbelt assemble was developed including buckle, retractor and anchor plate. The simulation was…


ICAT-Akshat Gupta
  • Technical Paper
  • 2019-28-2398
To be published on 2019-11-21 by SAE International in United States
Seat Belt Assemblies used in a vehicle are tested and certified as per IS 14140 for its performance during dynamic test. During validation test, seat belt anchorages are set-up as per design condition. The tolerance provided in the regulation for each anchorage is 50mm. Also there is difference in actual anchorage location in a vehicle and design location. This tolerance and variation can affect the performance of seat belt during the test or actual car accident. This study shows the variation of seat belt performance when different combination of anchorage locations is used within 50 mm.

Performance Assessment of Pyramidal Lattice Core Sandwich Engine Hood For Pedestrian Safety

Mepco Schlenk Engineering College-Dhinesh Balasubramanian, Anish Jafrin Thilak Johnson
  • Technical Paper
  • 2019-28-0089
To be published on 2019-10-11 by SAE International in United States
Usage of car increases every year, the accidents are mainly caused due to the carelessness of pedestrian or driver. Pedestrian accidents results in head trauma or death. It is necessary to manufacture the hood with the material which will absorb impact energy rather than transmitting it to head of the pedestrian. Safety devices such as airbags, energy absorbing steering columns, seat belts which were successfully designed and installed in the automobiles but this will reduce the damage to the persons sitting inside the car. There were no safety devices for pedestrians. GFRP pyramidal lattice core structures are used in automobiles which is used for good energy absorption. Glass fibre reinforced polymer are used for light weight, high strength. In this work, we have analysed GFRP pyramidal lattice core sandwich engine hood in ANSYS workbench under impact loading. For the finite element modelling the materials properties are taken from the previous literature. The results of finite element modelling of pyramidal lattice core sandwich engine hood yield lesser HIC values. This shows GFRP pyramidal lattice core absorbs…

Characterization of Deposits Collected From a Plugged Fuel Filter

KTH Royal Institute of Technology-Botond Csontos, Hanna Bernemyr, Anders Christiansen Erlandsson
Scania CV AB-Oscar Forsberg, Mayte Pach, Henrik Hittig
  • Technical Paper
  • 2019-24-0140
To be published on 2019-09-09 by SAE International in United States
Fuel filters serves as a safety belt for modern compression ignition engines. To meet the requirements from environmental regulations these engines use the common rail injection system, which is highly susceptible for contamination. Further the public awareness towards global warming is raising the need for renewable fuels, such as biodiesel. The higher fuel variety brings a higher requirement for fuel filters as well. To better understand the process of filtration, awareness of the different possible contaminants from the field is needed. This study used several chemical characterization techniques to examine the deposits from plugged filters collected from the field. The vehicle was run with biodiesel blends available on the market. The characterization techniques included X-ray fluorescence (XRF), Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) joined with attenuated total reflectance (ATR) sampling, gas chromatography–mass spectrometry (GC-MS), and lastly thermal gravimetric analyzer combined with FTIR combined with a GC-MS (TGA/FTIR/GC/MS) and EDX on the remaining ash. Deposits were scraped from the used filter, and prepared for the different analytic methods. After cleaning the contamination with different solvents, GC-MS identified the…

Personnel Protection - Skid Steer Loaders

OPTC1, Personnel Protection (General)
  • Ground Vehicle Standard
  • J1388_201907
  • Current
Published 2019-07-03 by SAE International in United States
This SAE Standard is intended to provide personnel protection guidelines for skid steer loaders. This document is intended as a guide towards standard practice, but may be subject to frequent change to keep pace with experience and technical advances. This should be kept in mind when considering its use. This document provides performance criteria for newly manufactured loaders and it is not intended for in-service machines.
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Standard for Safety Glazing Materials for Glazing Motor Vehicles and Motor Vehicle Equipment Operating on Land Highways - Safety Standard

Glazing Materials Standards Committee
  • Ground Vehicle Standard
  • J3097Z26_201905
  • Current
Published 2019-05-28 by SAE International in United States
Specifications, test methods, and usage provisions for safety glazing materials used for glazing of motor vehicles and motor vehicle equipment operating on land highways.
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Seatbelt Entanglement: Field Analysis, Countermeasure Development, and Subject Evaluation of Devices Intended to Reduce Risk

Tool Inc.-Jason Sidman, Bill Liteplo
UMTRI-Kathleen DeSantis Klinich, Sheila Ebert, Laura Malik, Miriam A. Manary
Published 2019-04-02 by SAE International in United States
Since 2000, over 200 rear seat occupants have become entangled in the seatbelt when they inadvertently switched it from emergency locking mode (ELR) to automatic locking mode (ALR). Since a method is needed to lock the seatbelt when installing child restraint systems (CRS), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) commissioned tool, inc. to develop prototype devices that could reduce the risk of seatbelt entanglement resulting from the lockability requirement. A field analysis of entanglement incidents was first conducted to inform countermeasure design. Prototype devices were developed and evaluated through testing with volunteer subjects in comparison to standard seatbelt systems by assessing how different designs would be used to install CRS, the quality of the resulting installations, how users would disentangle a trapped child surrogate, as well as to identify volunteer experience when using the belts themselves. Four prototype devices were evaluated in two phases of testing conducted at the UMTRI. All four prototype devices had shorter disentanglement times than trials with the standard seatbelt, but there was not a statistically significant difference between the…
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Annotation icon - Occupant Crash Simulation Analysis Made Easy

Hork Enterprises-Henk Helleman
Published 2019-04-02 by SAE International in United States
Over 30 years of occupant crash safety simulations have seen ever more sophisticated tools and models to keep pace with ever more demanding and expanding requirements. These sophisticated tools, however, require highly trained and experienced analysis specialists to operate. This keeps them out of reach of occasional users such as program managers, restraints buyers, and design engineers. Yet, the people involved in the early stages of vehicle development can have a great impact on vehicle safety performance and the costs of achieving the targets. By combining prebuilt models and a fully capable finite element solver with an easy to use web interface, we aim to make the simulation technology available to anybody with a web browser.The application is richly featured. Alike to sled testing, there is a choice of multiple vehicle geometries, from sub-compacts to large trucks. They come with crash pulses that are typical for their class that may be scaled up or down to make them more or less severe. If that does not suit the purpose, a custom crash pulse may…
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A Resonant Capacitive Coupling WPT-Based Method to Power and Monitor Seat Belt Buckle Switch Status in Removable and Interchangeable Seats

Ford Motor Co.-Mark Cuddihy
Solace Power Inc.-Brian Pottle
Published 2019-04-02 by SAE International in United States
In this study, we present an intelligent and wireless subsystem for powering and communicating with three sets of seat belt buckle sensors that are each installed on removable and interchangeable automobile seating. As automobile intelligence systems advance, a logical step is for the driver’s dashboard to display seat belt buckle indicators for rear seating in addition to the front seating. The problem encountered is that removable and interchangeable automobile seating outfitted with wired power and data links are inherently less reliable than rigidly fixed seating, as there is a risk of damage to the detachable power and data connectors throughout end-user seating removal/re-installation cycles. The present study tackles this issue through outfitting three removable and interchangeable rear seat assemblies with resonant capacitive coupling wireless power transfer as to power each rear seat across a variable gap between the interior paneling and that side of the seat closest to the interior paneling. A fundamental design challenge this system presented was the need to develop a rugged method to account for different sizes of seating, and hence…
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Quantification of Sternum Morphomics and Injury Data

Chantal Parenteau
General Motors-Barbara Bunn, Suzanne Johannson
Published 2019-04-02 by SAE International in United States
Crash safety researchers have an increased concern regarding the decreased thoracic deflection and the contributing injury causation factors among the elderly population. Sternum fractures are categorized as moderate severity injuries, but can have long term effects depending on the fragility and frailty of the occupant. Current research has provided detail on rib morphology, but very little information on sternum morphology, sternum fracture locations, and mechanisms of injury. The objective of this study is two-fold (1) quantify sternum morphology and (2) document sternum fracture locations using computed tomography (CT) scans and crash data. Thoracic CT scans from the University of Michigan Hospital database were used to measure thoracic depth, manubriosternal joint, sternum thickness and bone density. The sternum fracture locations and descriptions were extracted from 63 International Center for Automotive Medicine (ICAM) crash cases, of which 22 cases had corresponding CT scans. The University of Michigan Internal Review Board (HUM00043599 and HUM00041441) approved the use of crash cases and CT scan data.The sternum morphomics data showed the thoracic depth increased, except for the 60-74-year-old age group.…
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