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Q&A: Michael Guerrero, senior research engineer, Hyundai-Kia America Technical Center

Guerrero reveals details of a new component test methodology being developed at HATCHI


What is your career background?
Currently I work in the safety integration department at HATCI (Hyundai-Kia America Technical Center, Inc.) where I head up safety related projects. I’ve been working at HATCI since November 2012.

I received my BS in mechanical engineering from Kettering University, Michigan, and my MS in mechanical engineering from Wayne State University, Michigan. Upon graduating with my master’s, and before HATCI, I held numerous positions at different restraint system suppliers gaining valuable knowledge in vehicular occupant safety.

What is the most interesting project you’ve worked on?
At HATCI, I was involved in a project where we collaborated with the University of Virginia in order to research a potential dynamic rollover test methodology. This work was interesting in a sense where we connected everything from field case studies all the way to the dynamic test UVA was developing with NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration).

What are the latest developments in simulation at HATCI?
In my current role I use simulation extensively in order to efficiently develop safety solutions. Simulation enables us to evaluate designs and gain confidence in their performance before performing physical testing.

To develop FE vehicle models we use LS-Dyna, and to evaluate occupant response, we use the multi-body solver Madymo. At HATCI we have developed a new component test methodology to capture the vehicle’s primary load path that occurs during the IIHS small overlap test mode.

Through the component test, design optimizations can efficiently be performed in both simulation (reduced run time) and testing (minimized test cost). 

Guerrero recently introduced this new component test methodology in the New Methodologies for Modeling, Simulation and Testing Automotive Lightweight Materials Congress 2017 in Detroit, Michigan.

For more details visit the conference website here.

July 25, 2017


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