EVALUATION OF AN ADVANCED AUTOMOTIVE RESTRAINT SYSTEM USING HUMAN SUBJECTS

The Department of Transportation (DOT), National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), sponsored a research program at the Naval Air Development Center (NAVAIRDEVCEN), utilizing its Horizontal Accelerator facility to conduct dynamic tests on advanced passive seat belt restraint systems using both anthropometric dummies and human volunteers. During this phase, two subjects succeeded in tolerating exposures to simulated car crashes involving velocity changes of over 30 mph and peak accelerations of over 21 g, when using a conventionally configured restraint system of advanced design, and applying technics of body posturing and muscular tensing. When injuries caused by motions of the head and neck are avoided, a three-point belt restraint system of advanced design is capable of providing considerable protection to the wearer, up to car crash levels of practical significance.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • See also report dated 25 Jul 74, AD-786 379.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Naval Air Development Center

    Crew Systems Department
    Warminster, PA  USA  18974

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  USA  20590
  • Authors:
    • Hendler, E
    • O'ROURKE, J
    • Domzalski, L
    • Katzeff, M
    • Schulman, M
  • Publication Date: 1975-6-5

Media Info

  • Pagination: 99 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00092075
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NADC-75067-40 Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-HS-063-1-0811
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Oct 18 1976 12:00AM