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Title: Joining and reinforcing a composite bumper beam and a composite crush can for a vehicle

A front bumper beam and crush can (FBCC) system is provided for a vehicle. A bumper beam has an interior surface with a plurality of ribs extending therefrom. The ribs and the interior surface are made of a chopped fiber composite and cooperate to engage a crush can. The chopped fiber composite reinforces the engaging surfaces of the crush can and the interior surface of the bumper beam. The crush can has a tubular body made of a continuous fiber composite. The crush can has outwardly-extending flanges at an end spaced away from the bumper beam. The flanges are at least partially provided with a layer of chopped fiber composite to reinforce a joint between the outwardly-extending flange and the vehicle frame.
Inventors:
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Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1347594
Assignee:
UNITED STATES COUNCIL FOR AUTOMOTIVE RESEARCH, LLC DOEEE
Patent Number(s):
9,598,033
Application Number:
14/935,722
Contract Number:
EE0005661
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 2015 Nov 09
Research Org:
UNITED STATES COUNCIL FOR AUTOMOTIVE RESEARCH, LLC. Southfield, MI (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
42 ENGINEERING; 33 ADVANCED PROPULSION SYSTEMS

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