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Standard Test Methods and Data for Modeling Crashworthiness



Richard J. Fields, Timothy J. Foecke, Roland deWit, G E. Hicho, Lyle E. Levine


This report determines what data is typically needed for models predicting crash behavior, reviews the methods available to obtain such data, and identifies standard test methods that need to be developed to supply these data. The data needed are those required to run finite element codes that can credibly predict structural behavior under crash conditions. The review of test methods includes both standard test methods and informal industrial and academic test methods that have not been standardized. This review has been done by searching NIST's Standards Library and by contacting leading experts and research groups in the field. Proprietary methods have not been included.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 6236
Report Number


crashworthiness, finite element method, high strain rate, material properties, multiaxial strain


Fields, R. , Foecke, T. , deWit, R. , Hicho, G. and Levine, L. (1998), Standard Test Methods and Data for Modeling Crashworthiness, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD (Accessed April 14, 2024)
Created June 1, 1998, Updated October 16, 2008