Crumple Zones – Automotive Plastics

Crumple Zones – Automotive Plastics


Recent research shows that designing automobile
front ends with “crushable” composite structures can help dissipate newton’s reverberating
energy. Carbon reinforced plastic composites can absorb six to twelve times the energy
of steel, yet possess required strength and stiffness at less weight. These structures
absorb energy as they crush. So, engineers try to create a “crush-zone” of these composites
to absorb and dissipate violent energy. http://plastics-car.com/Todays-Automobiles/Automotive-Safety/Physics-in-the-Crumple-Zone-2.html

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