Modelling vehicle body structures for active buckling control

J.E. Trollope, Keith J. Burnham

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceedingpeer-review


    This paper introduces the concept of active buckling control and how it can be applied to vehicle body structures to improve safety. Active buckling control is achieved through the use of actively controlled materials, whereby the mechanical properties of a structure can be altered. The need for active buckling control is prompted by compatibility issues arising when vehicles of dissimilar mass collide. Effectively, the active buckling control system can stiffen the more vulnerable vehicle, as a result, sharing the collision energy more appropriately and improving the safety of the occupants. A model of a nonlinear force versus deformation characteristic is used within a simulation study to demonstrate the active buckling control concept; thereby reducing the undesirable energy distribution so that the collision energy is absorbed more appropriately
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationIFAC Proceedings
    PublisherIFAC Secretariat
    Number of pages6
    ISBN (Print)978-390282362-5
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 2014
    Event19th IFAC World Congress on International Federation of Automatic Control - Cape Town, South Africa
    Duration: 24 Aug 201429 Aug 2014


    Conference19th IFAC World Congress on International Federation of Automatic Control
    Abbreviated titleIFAC 2014
    Country/TerritorySouth Africa
    CityCape Town

    Bibliographical note

    This paper is not available on the repository. The paper was given at the 19th IFAC World Congress on International Federation of Automatic Control, IFAC 2014; Cape Town; South Africa; 24 August 2014 through 29 August 2014


    • Active control
    • Automotive control
    • Bilinear models
    • Least-squares approximation
    • Modelling
    • Piecewise linear


    Dive into the research topics of 'Modelling vehicle body structures for active buckling control'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

    Cite this