Human tolerance to impact is discussed with different degrees of trauma identified according to the Abbreviated Injury Scale (AIS). Quantitative values of human tolerance are presented in common engineering terms which permit logical safety system designs based upon the physical laws of mechanics. Tolerance levels for the head and chest in terms of acceleration in g units are used in examples to illustrate design techniques for establishing required deceleration distances. Analytical and graphical analyses are included. Injury criteria for interpreting injury potential from complex deceleration records are included.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Presented at the Winter Annual Meeting of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Nov. 11-15, 1973, sponsored by the Applied Mechanics Division and the Automatic Controls Division. Papers presented at this meeting are compiled in "Surveys of Research in Transportation Technology", AMD-Vol. 5.
  • Corporate Authors:

    American Society of Mechanical Engineers

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    New York, NY  United States  10016-5990
  • Authors:
    • PATRICK, L M
  • Publication Date: 1973

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  • Accession Number: 00057164
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 31 1976 12:00AM