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RE: Tanker Truck Bumper Design

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This is usually a job for a Mechanical Engineer.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Brad Friederichs [mailto:brad(--nospam--at)ve-solutions.com]
> Sent: Thursday, January 28, 1999 10:58 AM
> To: SEAOC
> Subject: Tanker Truck Bumper Design
> 
> 
> Hello colleagues,
> 
> Do you know how to design the bumpers for cargo tank motor
> vehicles (gas trucks) in the US?
> 
> According to DOT 178 & 180 regs the bumper has to take a
> force of 2x the rated vehicle payload with a maximum
> deflection of 6".  Safety factor of 2.0 on ultimate.  Impact
> load is to be uniformly distributed along the length of the
> bumper.
> 
> As a structural engineer, I've been asked to certify the
> capacity?  Who would normally certify the design of these
> bumpers?
> 
> Do you know what the liability issues are?  Can liability be
> effectively limited?
> 
> What about reuse of the design for multiple vehicles?  What
> is that worth?
> 
> Thanks for your input.
> 
> Brad Friederichs
> VE Solutions, Inc.
> Rancho Cordova, CA, USA
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