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Opel and BASF develop a novel plastic part to protect pedestrians

29 March 2006

During the development of motor vehicles with improved passive protection for pedestrians, Adam Opel GmbH, headquartered in Rüsselsheim, Germany, entered into a cooperative effort with BASF and created a new plastic part that is instrumental in meeting pedestrian protection requirements in the vehicles of the future.

The so-called lower bumper stiffener (LBS) is a functional part made of Ultramid B3WG6 CR, the glassfibre-reinforced polyamide 6 developed by BASF for crash applications. The LBS weighs about one kilogramme, is one metre long and is installed behind the front bumper so as to diminish the risk of serious knee injury in the event of a collision with a pedestrian. En route to developing the LBS, BASF deployed its new method of integrative simulation.

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