Safe Steering Wheel Airbag Removal Using Active Disassembly
Active Disassembly is a well researched technique for creating assemblies or casings that can break themselves apart for recycling using a thermal trigger. In order to remove potentially explosive airbag devices from vehicles; an active disassembly demonstrator has been produced to easily remove automotive steering wheels from vehicles at their end of life. By removing the steering wheel assembly from the car, the high-value instrument panel becomes easier to remove for recycling and recovery. The first demonstrators utilise a shape memory alloy clip and a cylindrical hot probe. Although the solution was successful, optimisation of the heating system is required.