(19)
(11)EP 3 725 649 A1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT APPLICATION
published in accordance with Art. 153(4) EPC

(43)Date of publication:
21.10.2020 Bulletin 2020/43

(21)Application number: 18888207.0

(22)Date of filing:  10.12.2018
(51)International Patent Classification (IPC): 
B62D 25/20(2006.01)
B60K 1/04(2019.01)
B62D 21/15(2006.01)
(86)International application number:
PCT/CN2018/120109
(87)International publication number:
WO 2019/114663 (20.06.2019 Gazette  2019/25)
(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR
Designated Extension States:
BA ME
Designated Validation States:
KH MA MD TN

(30)Priority: 13.12.2017 CN 201711328423

(71)Applicant: Nio Nextev Limited
Hong Kong (CN)

(72)Inventors:
  • SHEN, Xuekai
    Hong Kong (CN)
  • CHENG, Ming
    Hong Kong (CN)
  • YANG, Chuanyi
    Hong Kong (CN)
  • LI, Shuo
    Hong Kong (CN)
  • JING, Haitao
    Hong Kong (CN)
  • ZHENG, Wang
    Hong Kong (CN)
  • QIN, Le
    Hong Kong (CN)

(74)Representative: SSM Sandmair 
Patentanwälte Rechtsanwalt Partnerschaft mbB Joseph-Wild-Straße 20
81829 München
81829 München (DE)

  


(54)DOORSILL BEAM ASSEMBLY, SIDE REAR BODY ASSEMBLY, BODY ASSEMBLY, AND AUTOMOBILE


(57) Disclosed are a rocker panel assembly, a side rear vehicle body assembly, a vehicle body assembly, and a vehicle. The rocker panel assembly comprises a rocker panel (1) and a reinforcement panel (2). The rocker panel (1) is an extruded member, which comprises a side wall (10) defining an accommodating cavity, and two open ends (11, 12). The reinforcement panel (2) is inserted into the accommodating cavity of the rocker panel (1) from either of the two open ends (11, 12). The reinforcement panel (2) comprises a first connecting face (131) connected to an inner side of the side wall (10) of the rocker panel (1), and a second connecting face (132) used for connecting to a further component. Nuts (133) are mounted on the second connecting face (132), and the side wall (10) of the rocker panel (1) is provided with a plurality of apertures positioned corresponding to the nuts (133) of the reinforcement panel (2).




Description

Technical Field



[0001] The invention relates to the field of vehicle body structures. More specifically, the invention relates to a rocker panel and rear longitudinal rail assembly specially connected at the side rear of the vehicle body, a vehicle body assembly having the same, and a vehicle.

Background Art



[0002] Vehicle bodies in white of existing vehicles are mainly composed of steel plates, and a rear longitudinal rail is connected to a rocker panel mainly by means of spot welding, fusion welding, etc. between the steel plates. Due to the demand for lightweight vehicle bodies, more vehicles use aluminium alloy vehicle bodies. For the connection in the aluminium alloy vehicle bodies, it is necessary to ensure sufficient connection strength. In addition, for the connection of aluminium alloy components, thermal processing such as welding will generate a heat-affected zone, which affects the stability of the connection.

Summary of the Invention



[0003] An object of the invention is to solve or at least alleviate the problems existing in the prior art.

[0004] According to some of the features, an object of the invention is to ensure the rear impact and side impact performances, and sufficient bending stiffness and torsional stiffness of the vehicle, to improve the reliability and safety of the whole vehicle.

[0005] According to some of the features, an object of the invention is to provide a simple and convenient method for assembling a rocker panel with a further component such as a rear longitudinal rail.

[0006] According to one aspect, provided is a rocker panel assembly, comprising a rocker panel and a reinforcement panel, wherein the rocker panel is an extruded member, which comprises a side wall defining an accommodating cavity, and two open ends; the reinforcement panel is inserted into the accommodating cavity of the rocker panel from either of the two open ends; the reinforcement panel comprises a first connecting face connected to an inner side of the side wall of the rocker panel, and a second connecting face used for connecting to a further component; and nuts are mounted on the second connecting face, and the side wall of the rocker panel is provided with a plurality of apertures positioned corresponding to the nuts.

[0007] Optionally, in the rocker panel assembly described above, the reinforcement panel comprises the first connecting face and the second connecting face formed at an angle.

[0008] Optionally, in the rocker panel assembly described above, the first connecting face and the second connecting face of the reinforcement panel are perpendicular to each other.

[0009] Optionally, in the rocker panel assembly described above, the side wall of the rocker panel comprises a bottom wall, a top wall, a front wall and a rear wall, the first connecting face of the reinforcement panel is connected to the bottom wall of the rocker panel, and the plurality of apertures are provided in the front wall of the rocker panel.

[0010] Optionally, in the rocker panel assembly described above, the first connecting face of the reinforcement panel is connected to the bottom wall of the rocker panel by means of blind riveting.

[0011] Optionally, in the rocker panel assembly described above, a plurality of nuts are connected to the second connecting face of the reinforcement panel in a press-riveting manner.

[0012] Optionally, in the rocker panel assembly described above, an additional nut is further connected to the front wall of the rocker panel in a blind riveting manner.

[0013] Optionally, in the rocker panel assembly described above, the rocker panel further comprises a plurality of staggered rib walls in the accommodating cavity.

[0014] According to some aspects, provided is a side rear vehicle body assembly, comprising a rocker panel and a rear longitudinal rail, wherein the rocker panel is an extruded member, which comprises a side wall defining an accommodating cavity, and two open ends; a reinforcement panel is inserted into the accommodating cavity of the rocker panel from the open end; the reinforcement panel comprises a first connecting face connected to an inner side of the side wall of the rocker panel, and a second connecting face connected to the rear longitudinal rail; and the rear longitudinal rail comprises a connecting end, and a plurality of bolts pass through through-holes of the connecting end of the rear longitudinal rail and apertures in the side wall of the rocker panel, and are received by nuts mounted on the second connecting face of the reinforcement panel.

[0015] Optionally, in the side rear vehicle body assembly described above, the reinforcement panel comprises the first connecting face and the second connecting face perpendicular to each other.

[0016] Optionally, in the side rear vehicle body assembly described above, the side wall of the rocker panel comprises a bottom wall, a top wall, a front wall and a rear wall, the first connecting face of the reinforcement panel is connected to the bottom wall of the rocker panel, and the plurality of bolts pass through the front wall of the rocker panel and are received by the nuts on the second connecting face of the reinforcement panel.

[0017] Optionally, in the side rear vehicle body assembly described above, the first connecting face of the reinforcement panel is connected to the bottom wall of the rocker panel by means of blind riveting.

[0018] Optionally, in the side rear vehicle body assembly described above, a plurality of nuts are connected to the second connecting face of the reinforcement panel in a press-riveting manner.

[0019] Optionally, in the side rear vehicle body assembly described above, an additional nut is further connected to the front wall of the rocker panel in a blind riveting manner, and the additional bolt passes through an additional through-hole of the connecting end of the rear longitudinal rail and is received by an additional nut on the front wall.

[0020] Optionally, in the side rear vehicle body assembly described above, an overlapping position is further provided between the rocker panel and the rear longitudinal rail, and the rocker panel and the rear longitudinal rail are reinforced by means of a self-tapping rivet at the overlapping position.

[0021] Optionally, in the side rear vehicle body assembly described above, the rocker panel further comprises a plurality of staggered rib walls in the accommodating cavity.

[0022] Optionally, in the side rear vehicle body assembly described above, the rear longitudinal rail is a cast member, and the through-hole in the connecting end of the rear longitudinal rail is formed during casting.

[0023] Optionally, in the side rear vehicle body assembly described above, the rocker panel, the rear longitudinal rail and the reinforcement panel are all made of an aluminium alloy.

[0024] In another aspect, provided is a vehicle body assembly, comprising a side rear vehicle body assembly according to various embodiments.

[0025] In another aspect, provided is a vehicle, comprising a vehicle body assembly according to various embodiments.

[0026] In another aspect, provided is a method for connecting a rocker panel to a rear longitudinal rail, the method comprising:

providing a reinforcement panel, the reinforcement panel comprising a first connecting face configured to be connected to an inner side of a side wall of the rocker panel, and a second connecting face configured to be connected to the rear longitudinal rail, and nuts being mounted on the second connecting face of the reinforcement panel;

inserting the reinforcement panel from an open end of the rocker panel into an accommodating cavity of the rocker panel, the rocker panel being an extruded part, which comprises the side wall defining the accommodating cavity and two open ends;

connecting the first connecting face of the reinforcement panel to the inner side of the side wall of the rocker panel; and

a plurality of bolts passing through through-holes of a connecting end of the rear longitudinal rail and apertures in the side wall of the rocker panel, and being screwed into nuts mounted on the second connecting face of the reinforcement panel.



[0027] Optionally, in the method, the side wall of the rocker panel comprises a bottom wall, a top wall, a front wall and a rear wall, and the method further comprises connecting the first connecting face of the reinforcement panel to the bottom wall of the rocker panel, and the plurality of bolts passing through the front wall of the rocker panel and being screwed into the nuts on the second connecting face of the reinforcement panel.

[0028] Optionally, in the method, the method comprises connecting the first connecting face of the reinforcement panel to the bottom wall of the rocker panel by means of blind riveting.

[0029] Optionally, in the method, the method comprises connecting a plurality of nuts to the second connecting face of the reinforcement panel by means of press-riveting.

[0030] Optionally, in the method, the method comprises connecting an additional nut to the front wall of the rocker panel in a blind riveting manner, and the additional bolt passing through an additional through-hole of the connecting end of the rear longitudinal rail and being screwed into an additional nut on the front wall.

[0031] Optionally, in the method, the method comprises: reinforcing the rocker panel and the rear longitudinal rail at an overlapping position therebetween by means of a self-tapping rivet.

[0032] The connection between the rear longitudinal rail and the rocker panel in the side rear vehicle body assembly according to invention is reliable to ensure the rear impact and side impact performances, and sufficient bending stiffness and torsional stiffness of the vehicle, to improve the reliability and safety of the whole vehicle.

Brief Description of the Drawing



[0033] The disclosure of the invention will become more readily understood with reference to the accompanying drawing. Those skilled in the art will readily appreciate that the accompanying drawing is merely for illustrative purposes and is not intended to limit the scope of protection of the invention. In addition, like components are indicated by like numbers in the figure, in which:

[0034] Fig. 1 shows an exploded view of a side rear vehicle body assembly according to the invention.

Detailed Description of Embodiments



[0035] It can be readily understood that according to the technical solution of the invention, a person of ordinary skill in the art may propose multiple interchangeable structures and implementations without changing the essential spirit of the invention. Therefore, the following specific implementations and the accompanying drawing are merely exemplary descriptions of the technical solution of the invention, and should not be construed as the entirety of the invention or construed as limiting the technical solution of the invention.

[0036] Directional terms, such as up, down, left, right, front, rear, front side, back side, top, and bottom, which are or may be mentioned in this description, are defined with respect to the structures shown in the accompanying drawing, and are relative concepts, and therefore may correspondingly vary depending on different positions and different conditions in use. Therefore, these or other orientation terms should not be construed as restrictive terms as well.

[0037] Fig. 1 shows a side rear vehicle body assembly according to the invention, comprising a rocker panel assembly and a rear longitudinal rail 2. The rocker panel assembly further comprises a rocker panel 1 and a reinforcement panel 2. The rocker panel 1 is located substantially under a door frame; and the rear longitudinal rail is located behind the rocker panel 1, substantially on the side of a trunk, and is connected between the rocker panel 1 and a rear bumper beam (not shown). In an embodiment of the invention, the rocker panel 1 is an extruded part, which comprises a side wall 10 defining an accommodating cavity, and two open ends 11, 12. The reinforcement panel 13 is arranged in the accommodating cavity of the rocker panel 1. Specifically, the reinforcement panel 13 is inserted in the direction of I into the accommodating cavity defined by the side wall 10 of the rocker panel 1 from the open end 11 of the rocker panel 1. The reinforcement panel 13 comprises a first connecting face 131 connected to an inner side of the side wall 10 of the rocker panel 1, and a second connecting face 132 connected to the rear longitudinal rail. The rear longitudinal rail 2 comprises a connecting end 21, and a plurality of bolts pass through through-holes 22 of the connecting end 21 of the rear longitudinal rail and apertures in the side wall 10 of the rocker panel, and are received by nuts 133 mounted on the second connecting face 132 of the reinforcement panel 13, thereby connecting the rocker panel 1 and the rear longitudinal rail 2 together. Although the connection between the rocker panel assembly and the rear longitudinal rail 2 is taken as an example in each illustrated embodiment, the same approach can be used between the rocker panel assembly and a further component, for example, the rocker panel may be connected to an energy absorption box via the reinforcement panel at the other end 12.

[0038] The rocker panel 1 may be an extruded member, which is formed by an extrusion processing process, and has a side wall 10 and two open ends 11, 12. In some embodiments, the rocker panel 1 may be an aluminium alloy extruded member. In some embodiments, the side wall 10 is composed of a bottom wall 101, a front side wall 102, a top wall 103, and a rear wall 104. The bottom wall 101, the front side wall 102, the top wall 103, and the rear wall 104 jointly define an accommodating cavity. In some embodiments, the rocker panel 1 may be provided with one or more rib walls 105 between the side walls, and the rib walls 105 may be oriented in any direction, for example, the rib walls 105 may be parallel to the side walls, such as horizontal rib walls parallel to the bottom wall 101 and vertical rib walls parallel to the front wall 102. In some embodiments, as shown, the rib walls 105 may comprise a plurality of staggered rib walls. The plurality of staggered rib walls further divide the accommodating cavity defined by the side walls 10 into a plurality of small accommodating cavities. In this case, the reinforcement panel should be inserted into the small accommodating cavity close to the top or bottom wall to facilitate the installation thereof. The staggered rib walls 105 can enhance the strength of the rocker panel 1.

[0039] In some embodiments, the reinforcement panel 13 comprises a first connecting face 131 and a second connecting face 132 formed at an angle. For example, the reinforcement panel 13 may be formed by means of bending. In some embodiments, the first connecting face 131 and the second connecting face 132 are perpendicular to each other. In some embodiments, the reinforcement panel 13 is arranged in the accommodating cavity of the rocker panel 1, more specifically, for example, in the bottom accommodating cavity of the rocker panel 1. In some embodiments, the first connecting face 131 of the reinforcement panel 13 is connected to the bottom wall 101 of the rocker panel 1, for example, the first connecting face 131 of the reinforcement panel 13 is connected, in a blind riveting manner, to the bottom wall 101 of the rocker panel 1 via a blind rivet 134. A plurality of nuts 133 are mounted on the second connecting face 132 of the reinforcement panel 13, and the plurality of nuts 133 may be connected to the second connecting face 13 of the reinforcement panel 13 by means of press-riveting, for example. The bolts can pass through the through-holes 22 at the connecting portion 21 of the rear longitudinal rail 2 from a rear portion of the connecting portion 21 in the direction of arrow B, and then pass through the corresponding through-holes in the front wall 102 of the rocker panel 1, are received by the plurality of nuts 133 on the second connecting face 132 of the reinforcement panel 13, such that the rocker panel 1 and the rear longitudinal rail 2 are connected together via the plurality of bolts. In an alternative embodiment, the first connecting face 131 of the reinforcement panel 13 may also be connected to the top wall 103, or the front wall 102 or the rear wall 104. In this case, the reinforcement panel 13 should have a shape different from this embodiment. In some embodiments, an additional nut 14 is further mounted on the front wall 102 of the rocker panel 1, for example, being connected to the front wall 102 of the rocker panel 1 by means of blind riveting in the direction of arrow R. An additional bolt can pass through an additional through-hole 23 at the connecting portion 21 of the rear longitudinal rail 2 from the rear portion of the connecting portion 21 in the direction of arrow B and is received by the additional nut 14 that is blind riveted on the front wall 102 of the rocker panel 1, thereby providing additional reinforcement between the rocker panel 1 and the rear longitudinal rail 2. Although in the illustrated embodiment, it is shown that there are two sets of four bolts connected to the reinforcement panel 13 and two additional bolts connected to the additional nuts 14, in alternative embodiments, the numbers and positions of the bolts and the additional bolts may be changed as needed.

[0040] In some embodiments, the rear longitudinal rail 2 is formed by means of casting, the rear longitudinal rail 2 may be a cast member, and the through-holes 22 and the additional through-holes 23 of the connecting portion 21 of the rear longitudinal rail 2 are produced during casting. In some embodiments, the rear longitudinal rail 2 is cast from an aluminium alloy material. The rear portion 22 of the rear longitudinal rail 2 may be used for connecting to a rear bumper beam (not shown). In some embodiments, the rear portion of the rear longitudinal rail 2 comprises a groove 22, and a rear longitudinal rail reinforcement member in the form of an energy absorption box can be inserted into the groove 22 and then connected to the rear bumper beam.

[0041] In some embodiments, the rocker panel 1 and the rear longitudinal rail 2 may be further reinforced at other suitable overlapping positions therebetween by means of self-tapping rivets. In some embodiments, the rocker panel 1 and the rear longitudinal rail 2 may be further reinforced at an overlapping position therebetween by using a self-tapping rivet above a bolt connection area, thereby realizing triple connection between the rocker panel 1 and the rear longitudinal rail 2 to achieve a reliable and firm connection, and ensuring the rear impact and side impact performances, and sufficient bending stiffness and torsional stiffness of the vehicle, to improve the reliability and safety of the whole vehicle.

[0042] In another aspect, the invention also aims to set forth a vehicle body assembly, comprising a side rear vehicle body assembly according to various embodiments.

[0043] In another aspect, the invention also aims to set forth a vehicle, comprising a vehicle body assembly according to various embodiments.

[0044] In another aspect, the invention also aims to set forth a method for connecting a rocker panel to a further component such as a rear longitudinal rail, the method comprising: providing a reinforcement panel 13; inserting the reinforcement panel 13 into an accommodating cavity of the rocker panel 1 from an open end 11 of the rocker panel 1, and connecting a first connecting face 131 of the reinforcement panel 13 to an inner side of a side wall of the rocker panel 1; and a plurality of bolts passing through through-holes 22 of a connecting end 21 of the rear longitudinal rail 2 and apertures in the side wall of the rocker panel, and being screwed into nuts 133 mounted on a second connecting face of the reinforcement panel.

[0045] In some embodiments, the method further comprises connecting the first connecting face 131 of the reinforcement panel 13 to a bottom wall 101 of the rocker panel, and the plurality of bolts passing through a front wall 102 of the rocker panel and being screwed into the nuts 133 on the second connecting face 132 of the reinforcement panel 13. In some embodiments, the method further comprises connecting the first connecting face 131 of the reinforcement panel 13 to the bottom wall 101 of the rocker panel by means of blind riveting. In some embodiments, the method further comprises connecting the plurality of nuts 133 to the second connecting face 132 of the reinforcement panel by means of press-riveting. In some embodiments, the method further comprises connecting an additional nut 14 to the front wall 102 of the rocker panel in a blind riveting manner, and the additional bolt passing through an additional through-hole 23 of the connecting end 21 of the rear longitudinal rail and being screwed into an additional nut 14 on the front wall 102. In some embodiments, the method further comprises reinforcing the rocker panel and the rear longitudinal rail at an overlapping position therebetween by means of a self-tapping rivet. In some embodiments, the specific installation sequence may be as follows: first, press-riveting the nuts 133 onto the second connecting face 132 of the reinforcement panel 13, then inserting the reinforcement panel mounted with the nuts 133 into the accommodating cavity of the rocker panel 1 from the end 11 thereof, connecting the reinforcement panel to the bottom wall 101 of the rocker panel 1 by means of blind riveting, connecting the additional nut 14 to the front wall 102 of the rocker panel 1 in a press-riveting manner, the bolts and the additional bolt passing through the through-holes 22, 23 of the connecting end 21 of the rear longitudinal rail and being screwed into the nuts 133 and the additional nut 14, respectively, and then further reinforcing the rocker panel and the rear longitudinal rail at an overlapping position therebetween by means of a self-tapping rivet above the bolt connection area. The connection way in the method according to the above embodiments is simple and easy to operate.

[0046] The particular embodiments described above are intended merely to more clearly describe the principles of the invention, in which each component is clearly shown or described in order to facilitate a better understanding of the principles of the invention. Various modifications or variations of the invention could be readily made by those skilled in the art without departing from the scope of the invention. It should therefore be understood that such modifications or variations are intended to be included within the scope of protection of the invention.


Claims

1. A rocker panel assembly, characterized by comprising a rocker panel and a reinforcement panel, wherein the rocker panel is an extruded member, which comprises a side wall defining an accommodating cavity, and two open ends; the reinforcement panel is inserted into the accommodating cavity of the rocker panel from either of the two open ends; the reinforcement panel comprises a first connecting face connected to an inner side of the side wall of the rocker panel, and a second connecting face used for connecting to a further component; and nuts are mounted on the second connecting face, and the side wall of the rocker panel is provided with a plurality of apertures positioned corresponding to the nuts of the reinforcement panel.
 
2. The rocker panel assembly according to claim 1, characterized in that the reinforcement panel comprises the first connecting face and the second connecting face formed at an angle.
 
3. The rocker panel assembly according to claim 2, characterized in that the first connecting face and the second connecting face of the reinforcement panel are perpendicular to each other.
 
4. The rocker panel assembly according to claim 1, characterized in that the side wall of the rocker panel comprises a bottom wall, a top wall, a front wall and a rear wall, the first connecting face of the reinforcement panel is connected to the bottom wall of the rocker panel, and the plurality of apertures are provided in the front wall of the rocker panel.
 
5. The rocker panel assembly according to claim 4, characterized in that the first connecting face of the reinforcement panel is connected to the bottom wall of the rocker panel by means of blind riveting.
 
6. The rocker panel assembly according to claim 4, characterized in that a plurality of nuts are connected to the second connecting face of the reinforcement panel in a press-riveting manner.
 
7. The rocker panel assembly according to any one of claims 1-6, characterized in that an additional nut is further connected to the front wall of the rocker panel in a blind riveting manner.
 
8. The rocker panel assembly according to any one of claims 1-6, characterized in that the rocker panel further comprises a plurality of staggered rib walls in the accommodating cavity.
 
9. A side rear vehicle body assembly, characterized by comprising a rocker panel assembly according to any one of claims 1-8 and a rear longitudinal rail, wherein the rear longitudinal rail comprises a connecting end, and a plurality of bolts pass through through-holes of the connecting end of the rear longitudinal rail and the apertures in the side wall of the rocker panel, and are received by the nuts mounted on the second connecting face of the reinforcement panel.
 
10. The side rear vehicle body assembly according to claim 9, characterized in that the first connecting face of the reinforcement panel is connected to the bottom wall of the rocker panel, and the plurality of bolts pass through the front wall of the rocker panel and are received by the nuts on the second connecting face of the reinforcement panel.
 
11. The side rear vehicle body assembly according to claim 9 or 10, characterized in that an additional nut is further connected to the front wall of the rocker panel in a blind riveting manner, and the additional bolt passes through an additional through-hole of the connecting end of the rear longitudinal rail and is received by an additional nut on the front wall.
 
12. The side rear vehicle body assembly according to claim 9 or 10, characterized in that an overlapping position is further provided between the rocker panel and the rear longitudinal rail, and the rocker panel and the rear longitudinal rail are reinforced by means of a self-tapping rivet at the overlapping position.
 
13. The side rear vehicle body assembly according to claim 9 or 10, characterized in that the rear longitudinal rail is a cast member, and the through-hole in the connecting end of the rear longitudinal rail is formed during casting.
 
14. The side rear vehicle body assembly according to claim 9 or 10, characterized in that the rocker panel, the rear longitudinal rail and the reinforcement panel are all made of an aluminium alloy.
 
15. A vehicle body assembly, characterized by comprising a side rear vehicle body assembly according to any one of claims 9-14.
 
16. A vehicle, characterized by comprising a vehicle body assembly according to claim 15.
 
17. A method for connecting a rocker panel to a further component, characterized by comprising:

providing a reinforcement panel, the reinforcement panel comprising a first connecting face configured to be connected to an inner side of a side wall of the rocker panel, and a second connecting face configured to be connected to the further component, and nuts being mounted on the second connecting face of the reinforcement panel;

inserting the reinforcement panel from an open end of the rocker panel into an accommodating cavity of the rocker panel, the rocker panel being an extruded part, which comprises the side wall defining the accommodating cavity and two open ends;

connecting the first connecting face of the reinforcement panel to the inner side of the side wall of the rocker panel; and

a plurality of bolts passing through through-holes of a connecting end of the further component and apertures in the side wall of the rocker panel, and being screwed into nuts mounted on the second connecting face of the reinforcement panel.


 
18. The method according to claim 17, characterized in that the side wall of the rocker panel comprises a bottom wall, a top wall, a front wall and a rear wall, and the method further comprises connecting the first connecting face of the reinforcement panel to the bottom wall of the rocker panel, and the plurality of bolts passing through the front wall of the rocker panel and being screwed into the nuts on the second connecting face of the reinforcement panel.
 
19. The method according to claim 18, characterized by comprising connecting the first connecting face of the reinforcement panel to the bottom wall of the rocker panel by means of blind riveting.
 
20. The method according to claim 18, characterized by comprising connecting a plurality of nuts to the second connecting face of the reinforcement panel by means of press-riveting.
 
21. The method according to any one of claims 17-20, by comprising connecting an additional nut to the front wall of the rocker panel in a blind riveting manner, and the additional bolt passing through an additional through-hole of the connecting end of the further component and being screwed into an additional nut on the front wall.
 
22. The method according to any one of claims 17-20, characterized by comprising: reinforcing the rocker panel and the further component at an overlapping position therebetween by means of a self-tapping rivet.
 
23. The method according to any one of claims 17-20, characterized in that the further component is a rear longitudinal rail or an energy absorption box.
 




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