PROBLEM TO BE SOLVED: To provide an energy absorbing system capable of reducing weight and volume and having better resistance property to deformation and higher collision impact energy absorbing property than currently available energy absorbing systems to meet today's rigorous safety standards while satisfying the requirements of current vehicle styling trends.SOLUTION: This article includes a plurality of swelling structures 10 having size exceeding about 1 mm. This article 100 includes one cell boundary 20 or more connected with the swelling structures structurally. The cell boundary is configured to resist a deformation of the swelling structure. An energy absorbing system for an automobile includes a plurality of swelling structures having size exceeding about 1 mm.

Title
Energy absorbing article
Application Number
2005-186072
Publication Number
2006-071093
Application Date
June 27, 2005
Publication Date
March 16, 2006
Inventor
Jaarda Eric J
Shuler Stephen
Theethira Poovanna K
Thiagarajan Chinniah
Chaudhari Tansen D
Assignee
General Electric Co &Lt Ge&Gt
IPC
B29L 31/30
B29K 69/00
B29K 67/00
B29C 47/00
B29C 45/00
B60R 19/03
B60R 19/18
F16F 07/00