What’s inside an airbag? What happens inside an airbag when it deploys few inches from your face?I wanna see it, so I set a few experiments recorded in slow motion to find out!The results were pretty spectacular and scary.
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Your life can be saved thanks to super crazy calculations where the possibility to screw up is just milliseconds away!Airbags are very simple but also amazingly clever, because they have to open up at over 300 km/h (200mph)—faster than a car can crash! Let’s take a closer look at how they work.
It’s kind of amazing to think that a small explosive charge is sitting in front of your face when you drive, but airbags are a critical part of making cars safer than ever before. Giaco Whatever decided to take apart some airbags so we can seen how they work in slow motion.
Air bags are not inflated from some compressed gas source but rather from the products of a chemical reaction. The chemical at the heart of the air bag reaction is called sodium azide, or NaN3. CRASHES trip sensors in cars that send an electric signal to an ignitor. The heat generated causes sodium azide to decompose into sodium metal and nitrogen gas, which inflates the car’s air bags.