When it Comes to the Crunch: The Mechanics of Car Collisions
This book explains how the car, as a structure, behaves in various types of accidents. In order to understand such behaviour the special features of car structures and the elementary physics of car collisions are explained. These ideas are the applied to roll-overs, side impacts, head-on collisions, etc. The reader is then shown how accidents can be analysed. The existing international rules for the design of car structures are also studied and it soon becomes apparent that these rules are inadequate in many respects. This is probably the main reason why racing drivers survive the severest accidents but many ordinary motorists do not survive crashes at one quarter of the speed.
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About the Structure of a Motor Car
The Physics of Impacts between Deformable Bodies
Rollover and Roof Strength
Collisions into the Rear Ends of Cars
Lowvelocity Propertydamage Accidents
Loose Objects in Cars
A few statistics about car crashes
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