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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
BMW Group

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.

Joachim Peest
BMW Group

Peest Joachim Peest studied Mechatronical Engineering at the Leibniz University Hannover, focussing on automation and control systems engineering. He has been working in passive safety since 2011 in different functions, starting as a test- and project-engineer, and later as a requirement- and process-developer. Since 2017, he has been working at BMW AG as a specialist in the side-crash-development of various vehicle projects.

Norman Meißner
BMW Group

Meißner Norman Meißner studied electrical engineering at the University of Applied Sciences in Dresden with a focus on automation and system technology. He has been working in passive safety since 2011 in different functions, initially in the areas of simulation and pre-development, later as a system- and project-engineer. Since 2017, he has been working at BMW AG as a project engineer in the side-crash-development as part of various vehicle projects.

Date Language Price Code
23 Oct - 24 Oct 2024 Deutsch 1390 EUR  (1690 EUR from 26 Sep 2024 ) 4347
Gaimersheim (Bertrandt Ingenieurbüro GmbH , Lilienthalstraße 50-52 (Anmeldung bitte erst am Empfang), 85080 Gaimersheim) » Register
Stephanie Wolter (BMW Group)
Joachim Peest (BMW Group)
Seminar hours  
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00

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