Development and testing of a purpose built motorcycle airbag restraint system

This paper describes the development and testing of a purpose built airbag restraint system for motorcycles. This has been developed in structured phases involving mathematical modelling, system manufacture, and then development and evaluation in a series of tests on a Norton motorcycle ranging from static fire to sled tests and finally full scale impacts. A Hybrid III dummy was used throughout the programme and a wide range of parameters were assessed. Results of the sled and full scale impact tests show kinetic energy reduction of between 79 and 100 percent and low neck injury measurements compared to the tolerance limits. These are discussed in the main body of the paper and the concluding remarks given at the end. Firing of an airbag is an important part of the system and TRL has undertaken research to determine the characteristics of a trigger system by the use of theoretical and experimental data. This includes data obtained from accelerometers mounted on different locations on a motorcycle during "rough riding" tests.


  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: 1167-88
  • Monograph Title: The Fifteenth International Technical Conference on Enhanced Safety of Vehicles, Melbourne, Australia, 13-16 May 1996
  • Serial:
    • Issue Number: DOT HS 808 465

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01398646
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 23 2012 6:01PM