Patent Number: 7,086,686

Title: Side impact beam

Abstract: A side impact beam for incorporation into the structure of a motor vehicle comprises a sheet metal profile with flaring end portions and two longitudinal beads extending along the sheet metal profile and wherein the end portions that are provided with cross beads that are stamped in an additional tooling step during manufacturing and after the longitudinal beads have been formed, and are arranged in transverse disposition to the longitudinal beads and wherein the longitudinal beads and the cross beads are oriented in the same direction and the length of one cross bead corresponds approximately to the width of the two longitudinal beads, such that the so configured cross beads provide a stabilizing effect of the end portions and ensure the flattening of the connecting surfaces, thereby leading to a reduction of assembly problems.

Inventors: Bullmann; Detlef (Paderborn, DE), Ulrich; Lars (Pattensen, DE), Konig; Ralf (Schlangen, DE), Fortstroer; Alfons (Paderborn, DE), Gehringhoff; Ludger (Paderborn, DE)

Assignee: Benteler Automobiltechnik GmbH

International Classification: B60J 5/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/08/02018