When it Comes to the Crunch: The Mechanics of Car Collisions

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World Scientific, 1994 - Science - 164 pages
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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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Contents

Introduction
1
About the Structure of a Motor Car
11
The Physics of Impacts between Deformable Bodies
28
Rollover and Roof Strength
48
Frontal Impacts
76
Collisions into the Rear Ends of Cars
96
Lowvelocity Propertydamage Accidents
107
Loose Objects in Cars
119
Index
162
Preface vii
179
Preliminary 7
7
Classical Gauge Theory 30
30
Gauge Theory of Classical Gravity 70
70
The Higgs Feature of Classical Gravity 90
90
Gauge Theory of the Translation Group 105
105
Bibliography 117
117

Conclusion
137
A few statistics about car crashes
143

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