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Latin American Journal of Solids and Structures

versão impressa ISSN 1679-7817versão On-line ISSN 1679-7825


PIRMOHAMMAD, Sadjad  e  SARAVANI, Soheil Ahmadi. Crashworthiness Performance of Stiffened Foam-filled Tapered Structures under Axial and Oblique Dynamic Loads. Lat. Am. j. solids struct. [online]. 2018, vol.15, n.5, e52.  Epub 28-Jun-2018. ISSN 1679-7825.

This paper aims to explore crashworthiness performance of new designed foam-filled tapered structures under axial and oblique impact load conditions. The structures consisted of inner and outer tapered tubes connected together by four stiffening plates. They also included square, hexagonal, octagonal, decagonal and circular cross-sectional shapes with different ratios of a/b (ratio of the inner tube side length to the outer tube one). The ratio of a/b was assumed to be 0, 0.25, 0.5, 0.75 and 1. Crashworthiness criteria of specific energy absorption (SEA), peak collapse force (Fmax) and crash force efficiency (CFE) were obtained for these structures using the experimentally validated model in LS-DYNA. Based on the numerical results, semi-foam filled structures (i.e. those with the ratio of a/b=0.5) demonstrated greater crashworthiness performance than foam filled single-cell ones. Furthermore, according to the TOPSIS calculations, cross sectional shape of decagonal was found to be an outstanding potential profile for the automobile structural components.

Palavras-chave : Crashworthiness; Foam-filled tapered structure; Axial and oblique loads; TOPSIS.

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