Definition of crashworthy in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkraSHˌwərT͟Hē/ /ˈkræʃˌwərði/


  • (of a vehicle or an aircraft) relatively well able to withstand a crash.

    ‘High-energy-absorbing, crashworthy materials have been looked at by the Ultralight Car Body Structures Project at MIT's Impact and Crashworthiness Laboratory since 1997.’
    • ‘The first phase of the program runs through October, concentrating on creating a crashworthy composite front end module modeled after an existing production design.’
    • ‘A larger and/or heavier car will generally be more crashworthy but pose a larger threat in terms of aggressivity.’
    • ‘NCHRP 350 establishes various categories of crashworthy traffic control devices, ranging from cones to variable message signs and more.’
    • ‘The MELB also incorporates an improved landing gear, crashworthy fuel cells, enlarged rear doors and external extended-range fuel tanks.’
    • ‘Like buckling a safety belt, driving a crashworthy car or wearing a gun, it seemed paranoid sometimes - right until I needed it.’
    • ‘The helicopter has retractable crashworthy tricycle type landing gear supplied by Messier-Bugatti.’
    • ‘Self-sealing crashworthy fuel tanks have explosion suppression and non-return valves.’
    • ‘The cockpits, which are fitted with crashworthy seats and are armour-protected, are equipped with hands-on collective and stick controls.’
    • ‘The rugged modular structure incorporates crashworthy and damage-tolerant features, including a five-blade main rotor, four-blade teetering rotor and main lift frame, which includes multiple primary and secondary load paths.’
    • ‘We've spent as much as we can to make cars more crashworthy.’
    • ‘‘Assuming that the mounting device and cradle must be crashworthy and STC'd, the cost would make it prohibitive for most operators,’ wrote the company in its letter.’
    • ‘Developing the body from scratch enabled the engineering team to realise an outstandingly crashworthy structure; one in which high-tensile steel and tailored blanks are used extensively to ensure lightness and strength.’
    • ‘For tactical troop transport, the 17m³ cabin can be fitted with folding crashworthy seats for 22 combat equipped marines.’
    • ‘The airframe is crashworthy and ballistically tolerant to 23 mm gunfire.’
    • ‘A crashworthy design makes use of keel beams and strategically placed energy absorption material to protect the tanks.’
    • ‘A crashworthy fuel system with closed circuit refuelling and self-sealing fuel tanks is fitted as an option.’
    • ‘I knew the New Beetle was an especially crashworthy small car, and I want to thank Volkswagen for the good work.’
    • ‘The crashworthy fuel system consists of five interconnected self-sealing rubber fuel cells.’
    • ‘This drop is generally attributed to the construction of more forgiving roads and more crashworthy vehicles.’