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NORTHERN HIGHLANDS HIGH SCHOOL

Real World Engineering


Mr. Brunner

Auto Crash: The Egg Mobile


Design Brief
Due Dates Research Paper Annotated Sketches Frame construction Foam/Crumple Zones Seat Restraints Full Vehicle Documentation

The National Automobile Underwriters Insurance Association is very concerned about the number of accidents that are occurring and the amount of money that insurance companies must payout to their policy holders for body injuries received during these accidents. The automobile manufactures are now forced to design and build a safer vehi-

cle and have asked engineering firms to submit prototypes for improving auto safety. Your engineering firm is required to design a better energy absorbing crumple zone system and a better seat restraint system for protecting the occupants in the vehicle.

Grade Breakdown Research Reports 25% CAD Drawings 10% Working Prototype(s) 20% Documentation Report 25% Oral Class Presentation 10% Analysis 10%

Research Paper
MLA Format Double Spaced 12 point Times New Roman Font 5 pages minimum 3 full pages of text minimum, 2 pages of pictures with captions Works Cited Page Topics to be discussed in this order in the paper: Be specific in explaining each area of the criteria A. History of the development of the modern automobile 1) Early design brief history 1 or 2 Paragraphs 2) Development of modern safety devices a. seat restraints b. air bags c. crumple zones d. brakes drum and disc, ABS e. safety glass f. Tires g. child safety seats infant and toddler seats h. ESC electronic stability control B. What happens when auto accidents occur: 1) To the vehicle side impact (t-bone), head on collision, rear ended, roll over 2) To the occupants in each of the above accidents C. Causes of Auto Accidents 1) Careless driving 2) Substance abuse 3) Mechanical failure 4) Weather conditions D. What are the safest rated cars in each of these common vehicle class: (2011 ratings since 2012 have not come out yet) 1) Minivans 2) SUV 3) Sedans large and mid-size E. Future ideas and designs of cars safety features

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Design Criteria

Build a vehicle that will remain intact during a head on crash Develop and build a crumple zone system that will absorb enough energy to allow occupants to survive a head on crash without injury The crumple zone should increase the time that the vehicle is moving until it reaches a compete stop The crumple zone should absorb energy and reduce the force of the impact to the occupants Develop and build a seat restraint system that will keep the occupants in there seats uninjured during a head on crash The test vehicles design should simulate a real automobile as much as possible The test vehicle must hold two occupants (two fresh, Grade A, raw chicken eggs) The seats and seat restraint safety system must be designed so that the occupants can be placed in and removed easily.

Design Constraints

You must use only the materials supplied by the teacher to construct the test vehicles frame, Top (body). You will build 3 car frames to specs and test each on the ramp. Supplies for the seat restraint systems and crumple zone systems must be brought in by group members. The energy absorbing crumple zone system may not extend out in front of the test vehicles body It must be contained within the dimensions of the test vehicles body (cannot be longer than 8). All safety systems must be constructed by the design build team. The test vehicles occupants must have clear visibility out of all windows (180 degrees from left to right). You may not stuff the interior with material All safety systems must be constructed in the interior of the test vehicles body (shell). The occupants cannot be altered in any way. The occupants cannot be glued into their seats.

Evaluation/Redesign
Make sure you discuss the following points during your Evaluation/Redesign section.
1) Condition of the car body and frame 2) Performance of Crumple Sons (explain in applied physics terms impact force, absorb, reaction force, etc.) 3) Performance of Seat Constraints (explain in applied physics terms) 4) Condition of Passengers 5) The time of the vehicle 6) Speed of the vehicle 7) Weight of the vehicle 8) Mathematical calculation of the force (F=ma) 9) Each person write a 2 paragraph evaluation about the projectlikes, dislikes, was it interesting, worthwhile, what changes do you think should be made to the problem, process, time constraints, materials. Please explain your response and attach it to the evaluation.

Dont be a dummy. Buckle you seat belt