4th International Conference on Advances in Civil, Structural and Mechanical Engineering-CSM2016, Birmingham, United Kingdom, 17 - 18 March 2016, pp.84-89
Reducing the weight of vehicles is crucial for fuel economy correspondingly CO2 emissions. Therefore, Automobile manufacturers are constantly working on lightweight materials alternatively. Crashworthiness is another principal task for the car manufacturers. For this purpose, additional parts exist in the car body, such as frontal crash bumper beams, crash boxes, and side door antiintrusion bars. In the presented study, the side door anti-intrusion bar was selected to analyze with different composite materials to compare to existing steel models by using Finite Element Method (FEM). The same geometry but different thickness for Glass and Carbon fiber reinforced thermoset, and thermoplastic composites were applied in the FEM simulations.