Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

ME Professor Receives Honda Grant to Design Safer Automobiles

February 14, 2014

Researchers at the IUPUI Engineering Design Research Laboratory under the direction of Prof. Andrés Tovar and Honda R&D Americas will collaborate in the development of a design optimization methodology to taylor progressive folding in thin-walled tubular structures subjected to dynamic crushing events. The optimized lightweight structures will allow maximum energy absorption and constant reaction force and avoid undesirable buckling modes.

Estimated cost: $78,211

Funding period: Oct 1, 2013 - Sep 30, 2014

Funding agency: Honda R&D Americas


Structural optimization of a crashworthy tubular vehicle structure for progressive folding under oblique impact achieve using Hybrid Cellular Automaton developed by EDRL researchers (U.S. PATENT DISCLOSURE IU 13069 2012)