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Vertical Impulse Analysis of Seat Belt Buckles

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Richard Clarke

Clarke Automotive Consultants, Hoschton, GA

Anthony Sances, Jr.

University of California at Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA

Paper No. IMECE2002-32639, pp. 325-326; 2 pages
  • ASME 2002 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Advances in Bioengineering
  • New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, November 17–22, 2002
  • Conference Sponsors: Bioengineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3650-9 | eISBN: 0-7918-1691-5, 0-7918-1692-3, 0-7918-1693-1
  • Copyright © 2002 by ASME


Review of various buckle testing studies is given. More than 100 different standard production end release seat belt buckles have been tested and repeatability and validation studies have been done. The buckle stalks were modified to accommodate the vertical acceleration test fixture. Some buckles opened with vertical accelerations as low as 91 g’s while others did not release at levels as high as 489 g’s.

Copyright © 2002 by ASME



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