Efficient crash structure design for road traffic accidents of tomorrow

Jesper Christensen, Alexis Wilson, Christophe Bastien, Kambiz Kayvantash

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Energy absorbing structures (EAS) play a vital role in automotive crash mitigation systems and save countless lives each year. Innovative EAS design ideas such as cross-sectional geometry is an area under intense research as evidenced by a large number of publications in recent years. It is however very difficult to directly compare the efficiency of the design suggestions due to parameter variation. This paper identifies designs with the highest potential, introduces an efficient reduced order modelling methodology and provides the first comprehensive unbiased benchmark. Critical evaluation of results reveal that some designs have inherent issues not previously reported, whilst others demonstrate significant potential for improving EAS performance compared to “conventional” designs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)629-648
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal of Crashworthiness
Issue number5
Early online date29 Aug 2022
Publication statusPublished - 3 Sept 2023

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© 2022 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


  • Crash structure optimization
  • reduced order modelling
  • multi-angle crash structures
  • multi-cell crash structures
  • crash structure benchmarking


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