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Ford Pinto: What could have been an easier way to protect the fuel tank?
Engineering and Construction
Pages 6 (1506 words)
Abstract This is a final technical report that is required for CCDP 2100 class as a course assignment. The purpose of this report is to answer the question: What could have been an easier way to protect the fuel tank of the Ford Pinto? During the crash tests of the Ford Pinto, it was realized that if the car was to be collided on the rear-end by a car travelling at 25 miles per hour, the gas tank would rapture and spill over.
These solutions include the repositioning of the gas tank from behind to above of the rear axle in order to reduce the direct contact of the gas tank and the rear axle of the Ford Pinto. The other proposed solutions are that of placing a heavy rubber bladder inside the fuel tank, installing a plastic part between the fuel tank and the real axel, installing a stronger bumper that can withstand more impact force during a collision, and finally installing a stronger frame on the Ford Pinto that does not buckle in case of collision. Table of Contents Abstract 1 1.0Introduction 2 2.0 Background 3 3.0 Findings 5 3.1 Mechanical Solutions to the fuel tank faults 5 3.1.1 Placing a heavy rubber bladder inside the gas tank 5 3.1.2 Installing a plastic part 6 3.1.3 Placement of the fuel tank 6 3.1.4 Placing a piece of steel between the tank and the bumper 7 3.1.5 Installation of a strong bumper 7 3.1.6 Putting a frame on Ford Pinto 8 4.0 Conclusion 9 5.0 Work Cited 10 Appendix A 12 14 1.0 Introduction The CCDP 2100 course requires the submission of the final report whose purpose is to discuss and answer a given research question. ...
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