HEAVY TRUCK CRASH TESTS

This paper consists of brief descriptions and photographs of two crashes of a heavy vehicle (tractor/semi-trailer) performed at the Advanced Technology Center of Calspan Corporation. The first involved a low deceleration frontal impact with a deformable barrier; the second was a one-quarter turn rollover. In both tests, instrumented anthropomorphic test devices were emplaced at appropriate locations in the tractor cab and the vehicle was itself instrumented for measurement of local triaxial accelerations occurring during the crash event. Detailed discussions of these tests are given in References 1 and 2. The principal presentation of this paper is a film of the two tests. For the purposes of this document, selected photographs of the tests--the first five pages from the frontal impact and the second five pages from the rollover--and brief descriptions of the experiments are included.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Presented at the Winter Annual Meeting of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Phoenix, Arizona, November 14-19, 1982.
  • Corporate Authors:

    American Society of Mechanical Engineers

    Two Park Avenue
    New York, NY  United States  10016-5990
  • Authors:
    • RICE, R S
    • Shoemaker, N E
  • Publication Date: 1982

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  • Accession Number: 00385286
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: May 30 1984 12:00AM