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Side Impact - Requirements and Development Strategies


In addition to the frontal impact, the protection in a side impact has a fixed place in the development of vehicles. Continuous aggravation of consumer tests and legal regulations, due to new pole tests (UN ECE R135 and U.S. NCAP), enhanced deformable barriers and the introduction of World-SID Dummies (5 / 50%ile) with test specific measuring methods are causing a need to further improve side impact protection. In order to achieve this enhancement, it is necessary to get a much more profound understanding of the highly complex phenomena and modes of action in a side impact which goes far beyond the simple application of additional airbags. The seminar provides a comprehensive overview of today ' s standard test procedures including country-specific variations, the legal regulations and the requirements of consumer protection as well as an outlook on changes in the near future. In addition, tools, measuring methods and criteria, and virtual methods such as crash and occupant simulation, as well as the analysis of the performance of the restraint systems will be discussed. Furthermore it will be explained how a target-oriented use of CAE-simulation and hardware tests can lead to optimal passenger values, while at the same time obeying to boundary conditions such as costs, weight and time-to-market. A workshop with crash-data analysis finally deepens the understanding.

Who should attend?

The seminar addresses development engineers who are new in the field of side crash, or who have already gained some experience in the field of safety, as well as developers of assemblies that have to fulfil a sidecrash-relevant function. Furthermore it is also interesting for project managers and managers, who deal with side impact and who would like to gain a deeper understanding of this topic in order to use it for an improvement of procedures.

Course Contents

  • Challenges of side impacts
  • Explanation of the different measuring means, in particular the different dummies
  • Overview of current test procedures and side impact relevant protection criteria
    • Legal tests (FMVSS 214, UN ECE R95, UN ECE R135, ...)
    • Other tests (Euro NCAP, U.S. NCAP, further NCAPs, IIHS, manufacturer specific tests)
  • Development methods and tools:
    • Crash and occupant simulation, range of application and limitations.
    • Analysis of the performance of protection and restraint systems in side impact. Discussion of the boundary conditions, limits, conflicts and problems
    • Development strategy for an optimal restraint system for side impact
    • Target oriented use of CAE-simulation and hardware tests to develop optimal occupant load values
  • Workshop with analysis of crash-data and discussion of the results

Stephanie Wolter

Wolter Stephanie Wolter studied engineering physics at the University of Applied Sciences Munich. Since 1995 she has been working at BMW AG in different functions in the field of side protection, such as pre-development, development of side airbags and as a project engineer in various car lines. Moreover, she represents BMW Group in various national and international bodies that deal with side impact and other aspects of side protection, e. g. ISO Working Groups, etc.

Bart Peeters Weem

Peeters Weem Bart Peeters Weem studied mechanical engineering at the University of Technology in Eindhoven with focus on system and control. Since 2003 he has worked at BMW on passive safety development. First as Simulation Engineer, later as team leader and project referent. Since 2015 he is head of the development of full vehicle side impact protection for BMW 1-, 2- and 3-series, MINI and BMW-i.In 2019 he was elected as Pilot of the new ACEA-Expertgroup on virtual testing of passive safety.

Date Language Price Code
01 Dec - 04 Dec 2020 Deutsch 1340 EUR  (1590 EUR from 04 Nov 2020 ) 3728
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Stephanie Wolter (BMW AG)
Bart Peeters Weem (BMW AG)
Seminar hours  
Tuesday 09:00 - 12:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 12:00
Thursday 09:00 - 12:00
Seminar duration: 01.-04.12.2020 - daily from 9:00am - 12:00pm.  

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