Design and Calculation of Energy Absorbing Systems

  • Jorge A. C. Ambrosio
Conference paper
Part of the International Centre for Mechanical Sciences book series (CISM, volume 423)


Design of energy absorbing structures is achieved in several steps, usually in a highly iterative design/calculation loop. Objectives of each design step are secured by usage of dedicated computational tools typically different for each step. The selection of an appropriate tool for a given step depends on the complexity of the problem and availability of suitable software or other predictive techniques such as engineering formulas, empirical data or handbook — type of information. For example, in the pre — design or pre — prototyping stages factors such as the specific energy absorption per unit length or the maximal moment capacity of a cross — section are of primary importance. In the case of typical cross — sections such information is readily available in handbooks. In the case of more complex, real — word, members the desired parameters can be easily calculated by using specialized tools, such as Crash Cad 1.


Energy Absorption Capacity Specific Energy Absorption Sectional Topology Folding Mode Macro Element 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jorge A. C. Ambrosio
    • 1
  1. 1.Instituto Superior TécnicoPortugal

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