In this paper the optimization process of a new High Energy Absorption Rear Underrun Protective Device called HEARUPD is discussed. The main objectives of the HEARUPD design optimization process have been related to the reduction in car decelerations (high crashworthiness) and avoiding the car underrun (high structure stability). In the implemented optimization process, the crash between an economy car (GEO Metro) and the rear part of a truck has been simulated by numerical models. A linear function of the decelerations measured on the car has been used as objective to minimize, the main dimensional values of the rear underrun protective device, instead, have been chosen as design variables. The Simplex Method has been used as optimization technique. At the end, a detailed analysis of the optimized model has been also performed. The obtained results have shown the HEARUPD, in comparison with a reference device, is able to dissipate a higher quantity of energy, reducing both the deceleration peaks and the frontal car crushing.
|Numero di pagine||13|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Published - 2010|
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