Lightweight Solar Vehicle Impact Analysis Using ABAQUS/EXPLICIT

Passarella, Rossi and Taha, Zahari (2012) Lightweight Solar Vehicle Impact Analysis Using ABAQUS/EXPLICIT. Computer Engineering and Applications Journal, 1 (2). ISSN 2252-4274

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This paper described the Abaqus/Explicit 6.7 simulation work performed to study the frontal crash impact condition for an in-house designed and produced lightweight solar vehicle main structural body. The structural body was fabricated from aluminum hollow pipes welded together. The analysis is needed to safeguard the safety of the vehicle driver. The dynamic response of the vehicle structure when subjected to frontal impact condition was simulated, according to NASA best practice for crash test methodology. The simulated speed used was based on the NHTSA standard. Comparison of the analysis with the standard Head Injury Criteria (HIC) and Chest Injury Criteria (CIC) revealed that the driver of the designed vehicle would not be risk because the acceleration resultant was found to be lower than 20 G. The analysis also proved that structural component was able to protect the driver during any frontal collision incident. However, to ensure the safety of the driver, safety precautions such as the use of seatbelt and helmet as well as driving below the speed limit are recommended.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery > TJ1-1570 Mechanical engineering and machinery
T Technology > TL Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics > TL1-4050 Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics
T Technology > TS Manufactures > TS1080-1268 Paper manufacture and trade
Divisions: 09-Faculty of Computer Science > 56401-Computer Engineering (D3)
Depositing User: Rossi Passarella
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2019 04:21
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2019 04:21

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