The Use of Decelerative Metal Cutting in the Design of Energy-Management Systems

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M. H. Pleck, L. D. Metz, T. F. Conry

Department of General Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Ill.

J. Eng. Ind 97(3), 867-872 (Aug 01, 1975) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3438694 History: Received June 06, 1974; Online July 15, 2010


This paper focuses on the design principles basic to the development of devices that can be used to absorb and manage energy during collisions. Design guidelines and a chart are developed for minimum-stroke energy-absorbing devices. It is shown that decelerative metal-cutting displays force–velocity characteristics that are highly efficient for the management of collision energy in the majority of practical design applications of interest. Examples of metal-cutting energy-management devices are developed.

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