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Bumper having impact force absorbing means directly interposed between bumper and vehicle structure

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293 - Vehicle fenders

293102000 - BUFFER OR BUMPER TYPE

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Class / Patent application numberDescriptionNumber of patent applications / Date published
293133000 One-shot type 60
293135000 Spring type 4
20120200098METHODS FOR MAKING AND USING PLASTICALLY DEFORMABLE COIL ENERGY MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS - In an embodiment, a method of absorbing energy comprises: impacting a portion of a vehicle comprising a coil energy absorber, and compressing and plastically deforming the coil energy absorber. The coil energy absorber has an initial height and is located between the support structure and the covering, and wherein the coil energy absorber absorbs energy upon impact such that, after the impact, the coil energy absorber has a final height that is less than or equal to 90% of the initial height. The coil energy absorber is made of plastic. The coil energy absorber is located between a fascia and a support structure of the vehicle.08-09-2012
20110227353PLASTICALLY DEFORMABLE SPRING ENERGY MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MAKING AND USING THE SAME - In one embodiment, an energy management system can comprise: a support structure; a covering; and a plastically deformable compression spring located between the support structure and the covering. In one embodiment, a method of absorbing energy can comprise: impacting a portion of a vehicle comprising an energy management system and plastically deforming the compression spring. A method for energy management in a vehicle comprises installing the energy management system in a vehicle.09-22-2011
20120200099PLASTICALLY DEFORMABLE COIL ENERGY ABSORBER SYSTEMS - In one embodiment, an energy management system can comprise: a vehicle energy management system comprises: a support structure selected from a bumper beam, a body in white, a body in black, a front-end module, a radiator support beam, a bumper support bracket, a component projecting from the body in white, a component projecting from the body in black, and combinations comprising at least one of the foregoing; a covering; and a coil energy absorber made of plastic. The coil energy absorber has an initial height and is located between the support structure and the covering. The coil energy absorber absorbs energy upon impact such that, after the impact, the coil energy absorber has a final height that is less than or equal to 90% of the initial height.08-09-2012
20100219649BUMPER OF A MOTOR VEHICLE - A bumper of a motor vehicle includes a cross member which is disposed transversely to a side rail of a motor vehicle frame and movable from a standby position in a direction of the motor vehicle. Placed between the cross member and the side rail is a crash box. A coupler maintains a distance between the cross member and the crash box, when the cross member assumes the standby position, and a strut extends at an inclination between the cross member and the crash box to connect the cross member to the crash box. The strut is supported upon the cross member by a linear guide and supported upon the crash box by a swivel joint.09-02-2010
293134000 Fluid shock absorber type 1
20090058113Method and Apparatus for a Shared Crumple Zone - A system for absorbing impact energy includes a container formed with a plurality of faces. An energy absorbing material is substantially contained within the container. A first elongated member has a proximate end and a distal end. The proximate end is proximate and approximately perpendicular to a first face of the container. A long axis of the first elongated member intersects the first face. A first bumper is connected to the distal end of the first elongated member. A second elongated member has a proximate end and a distal end. The proximate end is proximate and approximately perpendicular to a second face of the container. A long axis of the second elongated member intersects the second face. The second elongated member is approximately perpendicular to the first elongated member. A second bumper connected to the distal end of the second elongated member.03-05-2009
Entries
DocumentTitleDate
20110181063CRASH BOX FOR A VEHICLE - A crash box for a vehicle is made from a sheet blank (07-28-2011
20090058112IMPACT-LIMITING SYSTEM OF A MOTOR VEHICLE - An impact limiting system of a vehicle is provided with a cladding element and bumper substructure. The bumper substructure is spaced apart from the cladding element, and is covered by the cladding element. The bumper substructure is arranged on the vehicle body, and exhibits impact energy absorbing elements. The impact limiting system exhibits an impact force conveying element between the cladding element and bumper substructure.03-05-2009
20100013249Bumper beam - A bow-formed bumper beam for a vehicle has a hat profile with a central flange (01-21-2010
20100164238Impact absorbing member for vehicle07-01-2010
20110193355BUMPER SHIELD FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE - The bumper shield for a motor vehicle comprising two main longitudinal members (08-11-2011
20120175900Dual Load Path Design for a Vehicle - A system for absorbing and distributing front impact forces in a vehicle is provided, the system including a primary impact system and a secondary impact system, each of which includes a bumper and a structure for transferring impact loads. The primary impact system includes a primary bumper and a pair of front rails spaced apart in a widthwise direction with each rail extending lengthwise, where one end portion of each rail is mechanically coupled to the vehicle's bumper and the other end portion of each rail is mechanically coupled to a torque box. The secondary impact system includes a secondary bumper and an assembly of sub-frame components separate from the front rails that allow impact loads to be transferred in parallel through the front rails and the sub-frame.07-12-2012
20120175898Bumper Mounting Plate for Double Channel Front Rails - A front structure for a vehicle is provided, the structure including (i) a pair of front rails (i.e., front left hand rail and front right hand rail) spaced apart in a widthwise direction with each rail extending lengthwise, and where each rail is comprised of a polygonal-shaped upper hollow channel and a polygonal-shaped lower hollow channel with the upper and lower channels sharing a common wall; and (ii) a pair of bumper mounting plates, where one bumper mounting plate is interposed between the end portion of each channel of each rail and the vehicle's bumper, and where each bumper mounting plate aligns the upper rail channels with the vehicle's bumper while transferring impact loads to both the upper and lower rail channels.07-12-2012
20090243312CRASH BOX - A crash box for incorporation between a bumper beam and a side rail of a motor vehicle includes an outer tube which is made of a hardened steel material, and an inner tube which is held in the outer tube in a way that the inner and outer tubes are movable in relation to one another. When shifted by the outer tube, the inner tube deforms to thereby convert impact energy in deformation energy, thereby decreasing electric energy.10-01-2009
20130043692BUMPER STRUCTURE - A recess is formed at the center of a bumper absorber, provided on the vehicle outer side of a bumper reinforcement, so as to face forward, and an upper recess wall face of an upper absorber portion located on the upper side of the recess is inclined downward. If the subject vehicle is small in height and the amount of vertical overlap between the bumper absorber and the rear bumper of other vehicle (a barrier used in the narrow vertical overlap barrier test of the IIHS) is small, in the initial collision stage, the rear bumper of the other vehicle is guided by the inclined upper recess wall face to move relatively downward while the bumper of the subject vehicle moves relatively upward, preventing underride, increasing the amount of vertical overlap between the rear bumper of the other vehicle and the bumper absorber, and thus achieving reliable impact absorption.02-21-2013
20100109356Method and Apparatus for an Attachable and Removable Crumple Zone - A system for absorbing impact energy includes a container formed with a plurality of faces, wherein the container is attached to a vehicle. An energy-absorbing material is substantially contained within the container. At least one elongated member having a proximate end and a distal end is included, wherein the proximate end is proximate to a first face of the container. A long axis of the at least one elongated member may intersect the first face. A bumper may be connected to the distal end of the at least one elongated member.05-06-2010
20100109355ASSEMBLY OF AN IMPACT BEAM AND AN ABSORBER - The invention relates to an assembly comprising a rear impact beam and an impact absorber. The beam and the absorber have respective fastener means fastening them to a motor vehicle body-in-white. The absorber is shaped to absorb a corner impact and is designed to be arranged in the vicinity of a rear corner of the body-in-white in line with the longitudinal direction of the beam so as to leave a gap between a proximal end of the beam and the absorber.05-06-2010
20090115208IMPACT ABSORBING MEMBER FOR VEHICLE - Of side wall portions (05-07-2009
20120223536BUMPER FOR A VEHICLE - A bumper with integrated crumple is formed from a central beam (09-06-2012
20090236866BUMPER REINFORCEMENT FOR AN AUTOMOBILE - The present invention relates to a bumper reinforcement for an automobile, which is formed with at least two or more closed sectional surfaces at connection parts which are positioned between an impact part and tower parts, for absorbing impact energy upon collision and preventing breakage of the bumper reinforcement.09-24-2009
20120286529ENERGY-ABSORPTION SYSTEM - An energy absorption system for installation between a bumper and a transverse beam of a vehicle has a front soft part that faces the bumper, and a rear hard part that faces the transverse beam. Both the hard and soft parts extend over the width of the vehicle and are interlocked with each other.11-15-2012
20110127783Bumper Reinforcement Member - A bumper reinforcement member including a front reinforcement member and a back reinforcement member, wherein the front reinforcement member includes a front intermediate face, which becomes a bumper front face, and a front groove arranged above and below the front intermediate face and that recesses from the bumper front face side towards a bumper rear face side; the back reinforcement member includes a back intermediate face positioned on a front side than bottom faces of both upper and lower front grooves, and a back groove arranged above and below the back intermediate face and that recesses from the bumper front face side towards the bumper rear face side; and the front reinforcement member and the back reinforcement member have the front groove contained in the back groove without bringing at least the bottom faces of the front groove and the back groove into surface contact with each other.06-02-2011
20100276950CRASH BOX AND BUMPER FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE - A crash box for placement between a bumper beam and a side rail of a motor vehicle includes a longitudinal profile made of two U-shaped shells having overlapping ends sized to realize a material doubling for increasing side stiffness and to suit the side stiffness to a load level. A flange plate is provided on a side-rail-proximal end of the longitudinal profile and has an opening for passage of the longitudinal profile. The side-rail-proximal end of the longitudinal profile is configured with a collar which is turned outwards. The collar rests against the flange plate and is joined with the flange plate. In the event of a collision, the longitudinal profile of the crash box is moved into the side rail as the longitudinal profile folds into the side rail starting from the flange plate, while the side-rail-proximal end of the longitudinal profile remains secured to the flange plate.11-04-2010
20110278868ENERGY ABSORBER DEVICE AND METHOD OF FORMING SAME - An energy absorber device is provided that includes a generally cylindrical member defining an axis and having an outer surface. One or more axially-spaced, substantially annular members are operatively connected to the generally cylindrical member at the outer surface to create areas of stress concentration in the generally cylindrical member, such that deformation of the generally cylindrical member due to a sufficient force applied to the generally cylindrical member is initiated at the areas of stress concentration, with the areas of stress concentration being reinforced by the substantially annular members. The areas of stress concentration act as crush initiation features and are formed by the connection of the substantially annular members to the generally cylindrical member. Thus, expensive tooling, such as preformed dies, to form the initiation features in the generally cylindrical member is not required.11-17-2011
20080309102Vehicle bumper structure - A vehicle bumper structure includes a lengthy pipe member that extends along the vehicle-width direction; a bumper shock absorbing member that extends along the vehicle-width direction, and that has a loading space in which the pipe member is placed; a fixing member that has a first end portion which is fixed to a vehicle body and a second end portion to which the bumper shock absorbing member is fixed; and a bumper cover that is provided on the outer side of the bumper shock absorbing member, and that covers the bumper shock absorbing member, the pipe member, and the fixing member.12-18-2008
20100032970IMPACT ENERGY ABSORBER AND FABRICATION METHOD THEREOF - A main body of an impact energy absorber is formed by integrally molding a deformable portion and a plurality of deformation controlling portions which are adapted to control the direction of plastic deformation of the deformable portion. The deformation controlling portions have such a configuration and shape that, when a compression load equal to or greater than a predetermined value is input to the main body in a tube axis direction, the deformable portion undergoes plastic deformation in at least one of a radially outward direction and a radially inward direction of the main body concurrently with the compressive plastic deformation in the tube axis direction.02-11-2010
20100078949VEHICLE FRONT STRUCTURE - A vehicle front structure reinforces a portion around a bumper to prevent local stress concentration. The vehicle front structure includes a first reinforcement (04-01-2010
20090273197BUMPER BEAM - The invention relates to a bumper beam which has a generally U shape with a central flange (11-05-2009
20090295176IMPACT ABSORBING DEVICE - In an impact absorbing device in which an interior pipe is arranged inside of an exterior pipe having a tapered part, an interior pipe's side wall is provided with holes, a movable body is placed therein, a support part is placed inside of the interior pipe, and an impact absorbing device is comprised. In this device, during impact absorption, the support part excepts a part of a movable body accommodation part, blocks up an inner side opening of a movable body hole of the interior pipe and the movable body can contact with the tapered part, and is placed inside the movable body holes, and at the time of storing of the interior pipe, the movable body is stored in the movable body accommodation part.12-03-2009
20090295177BUMPER BEAM - A bumper beam for a vehicle has a hat beam profile, i.e. a generally U-shaped cross-section with the crown (12-03-2009
20090267369PEDESTRIAN PROTECTION APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE - A pedestrian protection apparatus is provided which prevents occurrence of bending deformation resulting from thermal contraction after the molding of a resin base member. The apparatus includes a resin base member that is fixed to a vehicle at a rear portion thereof and a plurality of reinforcing beads that extend in a front to back direction of the vehicle and space apart from each other in a vehicle width direction at a front portion of the base member. On a portion of the base member positioned between mutually adjacent ones of these reinforcing beads is integrally formed a planar connecting rib extends in a direction perpendicular to an extending direction of the reinforcing beads, so that mutually opposing surfaces of the adjacent reinforcing beads are connected to each other by the connecting rib.10-29-2009
20090261602Bumper Beam Mounting - A bumper beam (10-22-2009
20120104776MOTOR VEHICLE FRONT END - A motor vehicle front structure is provided that has at least one first longitudinal girder and at least one first crash box. The first crash box has a deformation section and a fastening section, the fastening section connected to the first longitudinal girder. Moreover, the motor vehicle front structure has an engine mount, the engine mount having a first fastening section, which is connected to the first longitudinal girder. The fastening section of the first crash box and the first fastening section of the engine mount have a common overlap area.05-03-2012
20110140465ENERGY ABSORBING ELEMENT AND MOTOR VEHICLE BODY USING THE SAME - Embodiments of a body of a motor vehicle are provided, as are embodiments of an energy absorbing element for a motor vehicle body. In one embodiment, the body of a vehicle includes a longitudinal member, a cross-member, and an energy absorbing element mounted between the longitudinal member and the cross-member and extending in the vehicle's longitudinal direction. The energy absorbing element includes a tube section, which is formed from a single metal strip and which includes: (i) a cross-section having at least one concavity, as taken along a plane substantially orthogonal to the longitudinal axis of the tube section, and (ii) opposing longitudinal edges disposed substantially adjacent one another and within the at least one concavity. The energy absorbing element further includes at least one weld seam joining the opposing longitudinal edges to the single metal strip.06-16-2011
20090102209Arrangement For Underrun Protection In Vehicles - An underrun protection arrangement for a vehicle includes a frame, an impact element for receiving impact in case of a collision, and a first energy absorbing element arranged between the frame and the impact element for absorbing energy in case of a crash while allowing a first displacement of the impact element in relation to the frame. A second energy absorbing element is arranged between the first energy absorbing element and the frame for absorbing energy while allowing a second displacement of the impact element in relation to the frame.04-23-2009
20110140466ABSORBER ELEMENT FOR IMPACT ENERGY - An absorber element, positioned between an object to be protected and an impact element, for absorbing impact energy. The absorber element comprises a flange plate (06-16-2011
20090250953ENERGY ABSORBER FOR VEHICLE - An energy absorber for a vehicle bumper system includes a plurality of crush boxes that are configured to absorb impact energy. Each of the plurality of crush boxes are generally hollow and have a front wall and a plurality of side walls integrally formed with and extending from the front wall to a rear of the energy absorber. A first crush box is separated from a second crush box by a distance such that an open space is defined between a side wall of the first crush box and a side wall of the second crush box. At least one rib extends between the side wall of the first crush box and the side wall of the second crush box in the open space to couple the first crush box to the second crush box. The at least one rib is integrally formed with the first crush box and the second crush box, and extends at least partially between the rear of the energy absorber and the front walls of the first and second crush boxes.10-08-2009
20090085362VEHICLE STRUCTURE FOR AUTOMOBILE - A vehicle structure for an automobile includes: a bumper beam extending in a car width direction; a crash box extending in a longitudinal direction of the automobile and connected at a distal end thereof to a side part in the car width direction of the bumper beam; and a mounting plate having a face to which a base end of the crash box is connected and another face mounted to a distal end of a vehicle frame extending in the longitudinal direction of the automobile by means of fasteners. The crash box is in a substantially cross shape in closed section.04-02-2009
20100156122UNDERRUN PROTECTOR MOUNTING STRUCTURE OF VEHICLE - An underrun protector mounting structure 06-24-2010
20100237639Bumper system - A bumper system for motor vehicles has a cross-member and two crush boxes. The cross-member is made from steel and the crush boxes are made from aluminum, or vice versa. The bumper member that is made from steel has a zinc coating on at least the joint area thereof. A braze weld fixedly connects the crush boxes to the cross-member along associated joints.09-23-2010
20090267368BUMPER SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE - The bumper system for a vehicle body includes a vehicle body bumper beam of a hollow construction with an impact buffer member arranged in the front side. The impact buffer member is provided with a collision wall part, side wall parts and joint flanges and is integrally formed by a metallic material, the collision wall part and the side wall parts forming a sectional shape of approximately U-shape which embraces the bumper beam. The joint flanges are joined with the flanges protruding from the rear wall of the bumper beam and support the impact buffer member from the rear wall side of the bumper beam.10-29-2009
20090267367Vehicle with energy-absorbing member in the vehicle end portion structure - Thickness T in a vehicle longitudinal direction of a first energy-absorbing member 10-29-2009
20090039662HYBRID ENERGY ABSORBER FOR AUTOMOBILE BUMPER - An automobile bumper system including an isolator disposed adjacent a cross beam of an automobile frame, and a bumper edge guard strip mounted adjacent upper and/or lower edges of the cross beam. The bumper edge guard strip may include an upper extension fixedly engaged with an upper surface of the cross beam and a lower extension fixedly engaged with a frontal surface of the cross beam, with the upper extension having a length greater than the lower extension for distributing impact energy in a predetermined manner.02-12-2009
20100308607Multi-impact absorber for a vehicle - The invention relates to an absorber comprising first and second portions and made at least in part out of plastics material, wherein the first portion includes a first support wall extending in a longitudinal direction of the absorber and placed to bear against a beam of the vehicle; the second portion includes a second support wall extending in a longitudinal dimension of the absorber and essentially perpendicularly to the first wall, being placed to bear against the beam; and the second portion includes reinforcing walls corresponding essentially to a plane normal to the longitudinal direction of the absorber and arranged so that each has one end connected to the second wall, each reinforcing wall having at least one other end connected to an adjacent reinforcing wall, such that each reinforcing wall is connected to each of the adjacent walls.12-09-2010
20100253103Energy absorption impact system for motor vehicles - A bumper system for motor vehicles includes an energy absorption assembly that extends generally perpendicular to the direction of vehicle travel and is connected with the longitudinal supports of the vehicle frame by crush boxes. The energy absorption assembly has first and second generally parallel bumper members, which support one another along first and second contact surfaces. The first bumper member is slideably supported by the second bumper member and is configured such that upon impact, the first bumper member is slidingly displaced along the first and second contact surfaces both horizontally relative to the longitudinal supports of the vehicle frame and vertically relative to the second bumper member.10-07-2010
20110109105ENERGY ABSORBER WITH LOBES PROVIDING UNIFORM PEDESTRIAN IMPACT - A bumper system includes an injection molded energy absorber of polymeric material having hollow longitudinally-spaced lobes configured to crush and absorb energy during a pedestrian impact, and straps interconnecting adjacent lobes. The lobes are particularly sized and dimensioned, including potentially external ribs and/or apertures in corners, to provide a relatively uniform impact energy absorption during an impact stroke during crush of the shear walls of the lobes, such as within +/−30% or more preferably within +/−20% of a desired amount regardless of a specific location of impact, along a selected center portion of the energy absorber. A reason for the uniformity is to promote pedestrian safety regardless of the specific location where a pedestrian's leg strikes the energy absorber.05-12-2011
20100013250SHOCK ABSORBING MEMBER - An object of the invention is to provide a shock absorbing member enabled to reduce stress applied at the moment of impact to each part serving as an attaching portion. The shock absorbing member 01-21-2010
20110175379BUMPER SYSTEM FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE - A bumper system for a motor vehicle includes, but is not limited to, a bumper cross member, which is fixed to a stiff frame of the motor vehicle, a pliable bumper shell, a compressible structure which is formed between an upper area of the shell and the cross member and one support section which supports the lower area of the shell, which, together with a crash box holding the cross member is anchored to the flange plates of the frame.07-21-2011
20120146347Energy Absorbing Structure for Vehicle Bumper - A bumper assembly for an automotive vehicle comprises a bumper beam for connection to a frame of the vehicle and an energy absorbing component extending laterally adjacent a front surface of the bumper beam. The energy absorbing component comprises a plurality of laterally-spaced bands, each band comprising an upper wall, a lower wall, and a forward wall. The bands are connected along adjacent rear edges of the upper walls and/or adjacent rear edges of the lower walls, such that the bands are decoupled from one another forward of the rear edges. This construction allows the bands to deform individually during a pedestrian collision, the upper and lower walls buckling to absorb energy in an optimum manner. The energy absorbing component may be attached to the bumper beam by upper and/or lower lateral strips have mounting features for fitting into interference-fit engagement with mating features on the bumper beam.06-14-2012
20110101714Bumper energy absorber and method of fabricaitng and assembling the same - A bumper beam energy absorbing system (05-05-2011
20110101715ARRANGEMENT FOR REINFORCING A MOTOR VEHICLE BUMPER - A structural arrangement of a motor vehicle, of type including a cabin and a loading bed, between which a substantially vertical partition extends, of type including a cabin floor that extends at a first height, and a loading floor of the bed that extends at a second height that differs from the first height of the cabin floor, and of type including a hollow body that stiffens the structure and extends substantially vertically between the first height of the cabin floor and the second height of the loading floor. The hollow body includes two substantially vertical structural elements, and the first structural element is formed by the lower portion of the partition.05-05-2011
20100019517TRAILER MOUNTED CRASH ATTENUATOR - A trailer-mounted crash impact attenuator is disclosed for attachment to a host vehicle, which comprises an anti-rotational attachment system having an internal support tube and a plurality of external support tubes. The internal support tube has a connector on a front end thereof for attachment to a suitable receptacle on the host vehicle, and the plurality of external support tubes each have an anti-rotation support pad on a front end thereof. At least one of the internal support tube and the plurality of external support tubes is comprised of a telescoping construction. A backup frame is disposed on a rear end of the attachment system, and a crash attenuator unit is disposed on an axle and pair of wheels for mobility. When the crash attenuator is impacted by an errant vehicle, the anti-rotational attachment system is actuated to prevent the trailer mounted crash impact attenuator from rotating relative to the host vehicle.01-28-2010
20100244471Bumper System for motor vehicles - A bumper system for motor vehicles includes a cross member, and at least one crush box positioned between the cross member and the vehicle frame. Two coupling levers have opposite ends operably and pivotally connected with a crush box and cross member. The coupling levers are arranged in a mutually parallel relationship and oriented at an angle relative to vehicle travel, such that the cross member is supported by the crush box for displacement from a ready position toward the vehicle frame in both horizontal and vertical directions. An energy absorption element constructed from a foam material was positioned between a cross member and the crush box, and is clamped between the coupling levers to selectively resist inward movement of the cross member from the ready position upon impact to absorb impact energy.09-30-2010
20100244470Impact Element and Use of an Insert for a Carrier of an Impact Element - The present invention relates to an impact element having at least one carrier and at least one deformation element, wherein the carrier has a strip-shaped insert which is at least partly sheathed with plastic, wherein the strip-shaped insert is slit into at least two strips in at least one profile section and one strip is set back with respect to the other strip by shaping while forming a gap, with the deformation element being able to be fastened or being fastened to the carrier by means of at least one fastening means and the fastening means being guided through the gap between the strips of the insert, with at least one plastic molding being provided which is arranged such that it inhibits and/or prevents a relative movement between the fastening means or the deformation element and the insert.09-30-2010
20120032459Energy Absorption Device, Especially For Non-Axial Loads - The invention relates to an energy absorption device which can be arranged to absorb energy by deformation between a support structure of a vehicle and a damper, the energy absorption device carrying a deformable main profile which has a hollow body-type cross-section. The aim of the invention is to improve an energy absorption device of the aforementioned type in such a manner that the energy can be well carried off even if the forces produced by an accident impact the energy absorption device at an angle. For this purpose, a deformable supplementary profile is provided on the cross-section of the main profile.02-09-2012
20110254295Bumper beam with integrated energy absorber - The present invention is directed to an energy absorbing component externally mounted to a vehicle having a beam structural member and at least one energy absorber operably connected to the beam structural member. The energy absorber absorbs energy when the vehicle undergoes a collision. Also included is a beam cover plate connected to the beam structural member through the use of resistive implant welding, which simplifies the manufacturing process, and improves manufacturing costs. There are two vehicle attachment plates which are overmolded to the beam cover plate, the vehicle attachment plates allow for the beam cover plate to be attached to a vehicle. The beam cover plate, beam structural member, and energy absorber form a component that is operable to function as a bumper that is connected to a vehicle, which absorbs energy during a collision.10-20-2011
20090302624CRASH BOX DEVICE - A crash box device and an impact absorption system with a crash box device are provided for motor vehicles. The device includes, but is not limited to: a deformable element for absorbing a collision force impacting in the main direction through a corresponding re-shaping and/or damping movement, an impact limitation device fastened on one final range of the deformable element, a support element connected with the other final range of the deformable element, preferably the final range which is opposite the other final range for the reception of the deformable element and for attaching further building components and fasteners to attach the deformable element with the impact limitation device and/or the support element. The fasteners comprise at least one holding area for holding the deformable element and the at least one guiding area branching off of this, which, in case of a collision, makes possible the movement of the deformable element from the holding area along the guiding area in a additional direction which deviates from the main direction.12-10-2009
20100320781Bumper beam for a vehicle - A bumper beam for a vehicle has two attachment portions (12-23-2010
20100320780Composite vehicle bumper using recycled rubber - A recycled rubber, preferably recycled tire rubber, based composite bumper for vehicles includes: a) a core member cast into a predetermined shape for attachment to a vehicle to function as an impact bumper core, the core member being a cast recycled rubber core member; and, b) a skin member, the skin member being attached to at least a portion of the core member, the skin member being selected from the group consisting of a urethane, a urethane-derived polymer, a thermoplastic and combinations thereof. In some embodiments, there is at least one rigid support member embedded in the core member to add strength to the bumper.12-23-2010
20100117385Underride Compatibility Apparatus for a Vehicle - An underride compatibility apparatus is provided for a vehicle structure. The apparatus includes a frame arranged to support the vehicle structure. The frame includes an energy absorption portion arranged for absorption of impact energy. The apparatus also includes a beam arranged substantially transverse to the vehicle structure, below the frame, and remote from the energy absorption portion. The apparatus also includes a flexible member configured to carry a tensile load, but not a substantial compressive load. The flexible member distributes the impact energy between the energy absorption portion and the beam when the member is loaded in tension during an underride impact, but does not affect the impact energy absorption of the energy absorption portion during a direct impact.05-13-2010
20110156414BUMPER ASSEMBLY FOR MOTOR VEHICLE, END PORTION OF MOTOR VEHICLE COMPRISING SUCH AN ASSEMBLY AND MOTOR VEHICLE - This bumper assembly is adapted for a motor vehicle having a structure including a pair of upper side members (06-30-2011
20110095549IMPACT BEAM AND A METHOD FOR MAKING SAME - Impact beam 04-28-2011
20100140967Motor Vehicle - The invention relates to a motor vehicle, in particular a utility vehicle, with a driver's cab (06-10-2010
20080217935Energy Absorbing Element and Motor Vehicle Body Using The Same - An energy absorbing element for a motor vehicle body comprises a tube section that is roll-formed from a steel strip. The cross-section of the tube section has at least one concavity.09-11-2008
20100194126EXTENSION WITH IMPROVED SUPPORT - An elongate mechanical device for vehicles, for absorbing impacts, which includes a profiled or tubular elongate part of polygonal cross section, and an end part mounted at one end of the elongate part, at an angle perpendicular to the axis of the elongate part, and intended for fastening to other elements. In the vicinity of its end, the elongate part includes cutouts, which create adjusted regions or faces, in the vicinity of edges of its cross section, and a rigid fastening is provided between the elongate part and the end part that maintains the adjusted regions in direct contact with the end part, the adjusted regions being dimensioned to withstand compressive loads and a tilting torque during impacts.08-05-2010
20100026021ENERGY ABSORPTION DEVICE, ESPECIALLY FOR NON-AXIAL LOADS - The invention relates to an energy absorption device which can be arranged to absorb energy by deformation between a support structure of a vehicle and a damper, the energy absorption device carrying a deformable main profile which has a hollow body-type cross-section. The aim of the invention is to improve an energy absorption device of the aforementioned type in such a manner that the energy can be well carried off even if the forces produced by an accident impact the energy absorption device at an angle. For this purpose, a deformable supplementary profile is provided on the cross-section of the main profile.02-04-2010
20100026020SLIDING-TYPE APPARATUS FOR ABSORBING FRONT SHOCK ENERGY - A sliding-type apparatus for absorbing front shock energy is disclosed. The sliding-type apparatus of the present invention includes a driver panel (02-04-2010
20090174199STRUCTURE OF THE FRONT PART OF A MOTOR VEHICLE - The front end structure of a motor vehicle includes a fender support and a fender for attachment to the fender support and an absorber, which is mounted between the fender support and the fender, and wherein the absorber is constructed as a profiled deformation element to which a number of add-on pieces can also be attached.07-09-2009
20080238115Impact Energy Dissipation Device - An impact energy dissipation device for the prevention of high-speed vehicles and more specifically automotive vehicles, aircraft, helicopters, components and the like from receiving high-speed impact energy directly onto their structures in case of a collision. The device is to isolate high-speed impact energy from the crashworthy structures by breaking down the huge impact energy with many small manageable shear fragments. The device includes a slidable assembly with a series of resistive pins with predetermined shear strength, staggered in two tandem rows to shear in a controlled manner that only one pin is sheared at a time thereof bearing an approximate equivalent of one shear pin load transmission throughout a collision.10-02-2008
20120205927CRASH CAN MADE OF ALUMINUM-ALLOY CASTING - A crash can is made of aluminum-alloy casting and provided between a side frame extending in a vehicle longitudinal direction at a side portion of a vehicle and an end portion of a bumper reinforcement extending in a vehicle width direction. The crash can comprises a hollow tube portion extending in the vehicle longitudinal direction and having a cross-shaped section. At least one of an outwardly-projecting corner portion and an inwardly-projecting corner portion of the tube portion is formed by a groove such that a thickness thereof is thinner than that of the other portion of the tube portion. Accordingly, an impact which a vehicle body or a passenger may receive in a vehicle collision can be reduced by the crash can.08-16-2012
20120061978ENERGY ABSORBER WITH LOBES PROVIDING UNIFORM PEDESTRIAN IMPACT - A bumper system includes an injection molded energy absorber of polymeric material having hollow longitudinally-spaced lobes configured to crush and absorb energy during a pedestrian impact, and straps interconnecting adjacent lobes. The lobes are particularly sized and dimensioned, including potentially external ribs and/or apertures in corners, to provide a relatively uniform impact energy absorption during an impact stroke during crush of the shear walls of the lobes, such as within +/−30% or more preferably within +/−20% of a desired amount regardless of a specific location of impact, along a selected center portion of the energy absorber. A reason for the uniformity is to promote pedestrian safety regardless of the specific location where a pedestrian's leg strikes the energy absorber.03-15-2012
20110316295LOWER VEHICLE-BODY STRUCTURE OF VEHICLE - In a lower vehicle-body structure of a vehicle, there is provided a rear connecting member swingably supporting a rear portion of a lower arm at a sub frame and a front side frame, the rear connecting member comprising a support portion to support the lower arm, a fifth connection portion to connect the sub frame and the support portion, and a fourth connection portion to connect the front side frame and the support portion. Further, there is provided a separation mechanism to separate the fourth connection portion off the front side frame in the vehicle frontal collision. Accordingly, the sub frame and the lower arm are separated off the front side frame by the separation mechanism.12-29-2011
20090267366Protection Means for Road Vehicles - A reusable system for cushioning impacts to a vehicle includes a bumper mounted via shock absorbers (10-29-2009
20110049915BUMPER REINFORCEMENT FOR VEHICLES - The present invention relates to a bumper reinforcement for vehicles having a fixing portion 03-03-2011
20120007373VEHICLE FRAME ASSEMBLY - A frame assembly for a vehicle includes a front end frame assembly extending laterally across the vehicle and disposed adjacent a forward end of the vehicle, and a bumper beam extending laterally across the vehicle and spaced apart longitudinally forward of the front end frame assembly. A first set of spaced apart inner attachment structures connects the bumper beam to the front end frame assembly. A second set of spaced apart outer attachment structures also connects the bumper beam to the front end frame assembly. The second set of outer attachment structures is spaced apart from and flanks the first set of inner attachment structures.01-12-2012
20120153647ASYMMETRIC ENERGY ABSORBER AND METHOD OF MAKING AND USING THE SAME - In one embodiment, an asymmetric energy absorber can comprise: an upper wall and a lower wall defining crush lobes; a flange, wherein the lower wall is between the flange and the upper wall; a base extending between the lower wall and the flange, wherein the flange extends from a first side of the base; and a rib extending along the base toward the flange and away from a second side of the base. In an embodiment, a vehicle bumper system, can comprise: a bumper beam having an outer face and a bottom surface; an asymmetric energy absorber. The asymmetric energy absorber can comprise: a generally triangular shaped section formed by an upper wall extending from an upper wall first end toward a lower wall to a joining area; a base extending from a second end of the lower wall opposite the joining area and in a direction away from the upper wall; a flange extending away from the base, below the lower wall; and a rib extending from the base along the bottom surface of the bumper beam.06-21-2012
20120025546Bumper device for vehicle - A bumper device for a vehicle, includes a bumper reinforcement extending in a width direction of the vehicle, a connecting member extending in a longitudinal direction of the vehicle and connected to an end portion of the bumper reinforcement, the connecting member including a bottom wall portion that is in contact with the bumper reinforcement, a fitting bore formed in either one of the bottom wall portion and a contact wall portion of the bumper reinforcement, an insertion portion formed at the other one of the bottom wall portion and the contact wall portion and inserted in the fitting bore, and a flange extending from an edge of the insertion portion, wherein the one of the bottom wall portion and the contact wall portion, including the fitting bore is supported by the flange and the other one of the bottom wall portion and the contact wall portion, including the flange.02-02-2012
20110006554Automobile safety bumper assemlby - A safety automobile bumper assembly includes energy absorbers interposed between a fascia and bumper beam comprised of a strip of deformable material formed with a loop with opposite curved ends deformed by relative movement of the fascia and bumper beam in an impact. Additional curved strip positions are provided by one or more additional loops or by one or more inner webs to increase energy absorbing capacity.01-13-2011
20110089707ENERGY ABSORBER FOR A VEHICLE BUMPER ASSEMBLY - The invention relates to an energy absorber for a vehicle bumper assembly, comprising a thrust transmitting section (04-21-2011
20100052342FRONT STRUCTURE OF A MOTOR VEHICLE - A front structure of a motor vehicle has a lower bumper that runs in the vehicle transverse direction, and an upper bumper arranged above the lower bumper. The lower bumper and upper bumper are supported on the vehicle structure via crash boxes. The lower bumper defines a closed hollow profile and is supported on a front-end body, in particular on a luggage compartment depression, of the motor vehicle via the associated crash boxes.03-04-2010
20120175899Front Rail Reinforcement System - A front structure for a vehicle is provided, the structure including (i) a pair of front rails (i.e., front left hand rail and front right hand rail) spaced apart in a widthwise direction with each rail extending lengthwise, where one end portion of each rail is mechanically coupled to the vehicle's bumper and the other end portion of each rail is mechanically coupled to a torque box, and where each rail is comprised of a polygonal-shaped upper hollow channel and a polygonal-shaped lower hollow channel, and where the upper and lower channels share a common wall; and (ii) a pair of rail reinforcement members, where one rail reinforcement member is mechanically mounted within each front rail, and where a plurality of features corresponding to each reinforcement member determines how the rails react to front impact loads.07-12-2012
20120175897Front Rail Configuration for the Front Structure of a Vehicle - A front structure for a vehicle is provided that includes a pair of front rails (i.e., front left hand rail and front right hand rail) spaced apart in a widthwise direction with each rail extending lengthwise and mechanically coupled to the vehicle's bumper and a torque box. Each front rail is comprised of a polygonal-shaped upper hollow channel and a polygonal-shaped lower hollow channel, where the upper and lower channels share a common wall.07-12-2012
20120228889VEHICLE BUMPER DEVICE - A bumper reinforcement is provided with a front wall portion, an upper wall portion, and a lower wall portion. The front wall portion constitutes the front portion of the bumper reinforcement. The upper wall portion is connected to the upper edge of the front wall portion and constitutes the upper half of the rear portion of the bumper reinforcement. The lower wall portion is connected to the lower edge of the front wall portion and constitutes the lower half of the rear portion of the bumper reinforcement. Outer grooves are formed by denting the front wall portion rearward and extend along the vehicle width direction. The upper wall portion comprises a top wall which constitutes the top of the upper wall portion. Upper grooves are formed by denting the top wall downward, and are located intermittently along the aforementioned width direction. Furthermore, the upper grooves extend in the longitudinal direction. The lower wall portion comprises a bottom wall which constitutes the bottom of the lower wall portion. Lower grooves are formed by denting the lower wall portion upward, and are located intermittently along the aforementioned width direction. Furthermore, the lower grooves extend in the longitudinal direction.09-13-2012
20110121586BUMPER SHIELD FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE - The bumper shield for a motor vehicle comprising two main longitudinal members (05-26-2011
20100230982VEHICLE STRUCTURES - An energy-absorbing structure for a vehicle includes an energy-absorbing member that folds or crumples on crash impact, the energy-absorbing member being of a functionally-graded material having a less ductile core integral with a more ductile shell. The core is preferably of a medium carbon steel or an HSLA steel, with the shell having a lower content of carbon. The energy absorbing member may be made by partial decarburisation of a medium carbon or an HSLA steel member.09-16-2010
20100230981FRONT SECTION FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE - A front section for a motor vehicle body features a main frame that includes, but is not limited to an upper bumper carrier, a lower reinforcing element for the bumper that extends underneath the upper bumper carrier and a sub-frame that is elastically fixed on the main frame by means of a buffer. The buffer is held between an end piece of the reinforcing element and the main frame.09-16-2010
20120086225FRONT VEHICLE BODY STRUCTURE - A front vehicle body structure includes, on each of left and right sides, a front side frame, an upper member, a frame connecting member, an impact absorbing mechanism. The impact absorbing mechanism has a closed cross-sectional shape in frontal view of a vehicle. The impact absorbing mechanism includes an external wall and an internal wall. The external wall is substantially straight with respect to an upper internal wall of the upper member such that the frame connecting member is disposed therebetween. The internal wall has a shape in which at least a front portion of the internal wall between a central portion of the internal wall in its longitudinal direction and the bumper beam is obliquely bent outward.04-12-2012
20120091742AUTOMOBILE BUMPER ARRANGEMENT AND MODULAR BUMPER SYSTEM - An automobile bumper arrangement includes a crossbeam coupled to side rails of an automobile via crash boxes, wherein the crossbeam has extensions disposed at end sections which are laterally supported on a corresponding crash box. A modular bumper system has a crossbeam, an extension and a crash box coupled to a side rail of an automobile, wherein the crossbeam has a standardized length and a vehicle-specific width of a bumper can be attained by varying the length of the extension.04-19-2012
20120139273CRASH BOX OF BUMPER FOR VEHICLE - A crash box of a bumper for a vehicle is provided in the bumper to absorb collision energy produced in a collision. The crash box is constructed such that upper and lower horizontal partitions and a plurality of vertical partitions are connected to each other to form a lattice structure having a plurality of hollow portions, and each of the vertical partitions is formed to be bent at a middle portion thereof. A vertical partition located at the outermost position of the hollow portions forming the lattice structure is bent towards the inside of the crash box, and a vertical partition provided in a middle portion of the crash box is bent to the outside or inside of the vehicle.06-07-2012
20130009411VEHICLE BUMPER STRUCTURE - A vehicle bumper structure includes a bumper beam and an absorber. The bumper beam includes an upper absorber support surface and an upper reinforcing rib. The upper reinforcing rib includes an upper rib body portion and a pair of right and left upper rib bend portions extending from right and left ends of the upper rib body portion so as to bend toward a vehicle inner side. The absorber includes an absorber body, a pair of right and left upper absorber support legs extending from the absorber body across the upper reinforcing rib, and a pair of right and left contact portions extending outward in a vehicle width direction from the upper absorber support legs so as to be in contact with the right and left upper rib bend portions from the vehicle inner side.01-10-2013
20080224487CRASH BOX AND BUMPER FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE - A crash box for placement between a bumper beam and a side rail of a motor vehicle includes a longitudinal profile made of two U-shaped shells having overlapping ends sized to realize a material doubling for increasing side stiffness and to suit the side stiffness to a load level. A flange plate is provided on a side-rail-proximal end of the longitudinal profile and has an opening for passage of the longitudinal profile. The side-rail-proximal end of the longitudinal profile is configured with a collar which is turned outwards. The collar rests against the flange plate and is joined with the flange plate. In the event of a collision, the longitudinal profile of the crash box is moved into the side rail as the longitudinal profile folds into the side rail starting from the flange plate, while the side-rail-proximal end of the longitudinal profile remains secured to the flange plate.09-18-2008
20080217936BUMPER ABSORBER - A bumper absorber (09-11-2008
20130093200ENERGY ABSORBER FOR AUTOMOTIVE BUMPER - An energy absorber for an automotive bumper assembly having an impact beam includes a first component positioned adjacent the impact beam. The energy absorber also includes a second component positioned such that the first component is disposed substantially between the second component and the impact beam. The energy absorber additionally includes a locking feature configured to join the first component and the second component. A vehicle having a bumper assembly with such an energy absorber is also disclosed.04-18-2013
20130113225SUPPORT DEVICE - In various embodiments, a support device is provided for at least one covering element, in particular of a bumper device of a motor vehicle having at least one support body, on which at least one covering element can be arranged or is arranged, and having at least one support unit, which can be fixed or is fixed to the support body and to a vehicle structure or an impact device, which supports the support body when a load acting on the support body is less than a defined load and which releases the support body for a movement when the load acting on the support body exceeds the defined load.05-09-2013
20110221214IMPACT ABSORBING MEMBER AND A METHOD FOR MAKING SAME - A method for manufacturing an impact absorbing member, starting with a closed or substantially closed hollow section with a mid section and two end sections, wherein at least one the end sections is bent to form a supporting member, whereby at least one imprint is made in the part of the section to be deformed by the bending operation. The invention also relates to an improved impact absorbing member formed by a manufacturing process including bending.09-15-2011
20110221213MOTOR VEHICLE FRONT FACE WITH A RIGID BEAM INSERTED BETWEEN THE IMPACT ABSORBERS AND THE MAIN LONGITUDINAL MEMBERS - According to the invention, the front face (09-15-2011
20110233946CROSS MEMBER - A cross member made of sheet steel has a first region which underwent heat treatment, a second region which is not heat-treated, and a transition zone between the first and second regions. The transition zone is hereby defined by a width which is smaller than or equal to 50 mm.09-29-2011

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