Title: Truck front underride development: literature survey

Authors: Manuel Castellanos, Moustafa El-Gindy, Chris Fedishen, Daniel Maciejewski, Ali O. Atahan

Addresses: Metalsa SA de CV, Innovation and Technology, Carretera Miguel Aleman Km 16.5, No. 100, CP 66600, Apodaca, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. ' The Pennsylvania State University, Applied Research Laboratory, North Atherton Street, State College, PA 16801, USA. ' The Pennsylvania State University, Applied Research Laboratory, North Atherton Street, State College, PA 16801, USA. ' The Pennsylvania State University, Applied Research Laboratory, North Atherton Street, State College, PA 16801, USA. ' Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 100 Institute Road, 01609, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA

Abstract: The objective of this literature survey is to review and report related information on Front Underride Protection Devices (FUPDs) based on previously conducted studies, test reports and existing regulations. An attempt has been made to review and collate the findings from worldwide studies examining frontal underride crashes involving heavy- and light-class vehicles. Moreover, a literature review was performed to identify any relevant findings and developments subsequent to these studies including any existing or proposed design standards for FUPDs.

Keywords: FUPDs; front underride protection devices; heavy trucks; energy absorption; ECE R93; ARAI 2006; crash test; front structure; heavy vehicle systems; literature review; regulations; design standards; vehicle design; truck design.

DOI: 10.1504/IJHVS.2010.029621

International Journal of Heavy Vehicle Systems, 2010 Vol.17 No.1, pp.18 - 34

Published online: 30 Nov 2009 *

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