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How was the crumple zone developed?

How was the crumple zone developed?

Previous to the invention of crumple zones, the rigid structure of an automotive vehicle often meant that a crash scenario resulted in severe injury or death. This was due to the fact that the force of the impact was distributed almost entirely onto the driver and occupants.

The first crumple zone was designed and implemented in 1959 by Béla Barényi, a Hungarian-Austrian engineer working for Daimler-Benz. His patent for the invention explained how specific areas of the vehicle, at the front and rear, could be designed to absorb kinetic energy in the event of a crash. Barényi’s radical design was the result of questioning whether or not a rigid vehicle was inherently a safe vehicle. [1]







© MercedesClass.net 2012. Béla Barényi [online]. Available at: 
http://www.mercedesclass.net/heritage/founders-and-people/bela-barenyi/ 
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