This paper identifies the most important parameters that contribute to the strength of the door in a static intrusion, in order to satisfy the FMVSS 214 Standards. Side door intrusion requires the door to resist three stages of loading at several crash distances: initial (6″), intermediate (12″) and peak (18″). Thickness, shape and material of the side door beam are among the most important parameters considered in this study, latch and hinge strengths are also included.

A sensitivity evaluation analysis is performed where the main objective is to investigate the sensitivity of those parameters to changes, and their impact on the structural performance of the side door and its resistance. The various results are presented in tables and graphs to show the effect of each of those parameters.

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