Development of ECE Side Impact MDB Model using Shell Elements

This paper describes the development of a new side impact moving deformable barrier finite element model that uses shell elements for aluminum honeycomb. In a previous study, the new modeling method for aluminum honeycomb was applied to an ODB model and the prediction accuracy of the offset frontal collision analysis was improved. In this study, the new modeling method was applied to the ECE MDB model and a full vehicle crash analysis was performed. The result of a side impact analysis with the new MDB model showed better correlation with test results than with modified material type-126 solid elements.

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