A study of the lifted-up hood prototype for pedestrian protections
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Nowadays, car is one of important factors for the human life whereas critical traffic dramatically effects on risk of accident between cars and pedestrians. Therefore, the road accident is the enormous loss of human resources. Regarding this problems, the lifted mechanism of vehicle hood was concerned and installed on the vehicle hood simulator to mitigate the severe accident in this project. To achieve this, the energy absorption was established to decrease the injury of pedestrians by the gap increase between the bottom edge of hood and the engine valve cover. This solution can increase the ability of energy absorption during an accident moment. There were 8 steps of hood gap in this study to in the experimental works indicated by Head Injury Criterion, HIC from head-form. The testing program was referred by Pedestrian Protection Test Procedures in EURO NCAP. From the experimental works, the increasing gap between the bottom edge of hood and the engine valve cover tends to decrease the values of HIC. By the lowest of HIC, the 4th gap is 18 cm of space representing 90.17 and 208.06 of HIC15 and HIC35 respectively. In consequence of experiment, the gap between the bottom edge of hood and the engine valve cover plays a role on the HIC value in which it can mitigate the severe injury of pedestrian on accidental way whereas the lifted up mechanism of hood are ability as conjecture.
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