MATHEMATICAL SIMULATIONS OF SIDE COLLISIONS OF CARS AGAINST BICYCLISTS. DEVELOPMENT OF AN 'IDEAL' CAR FRONT AT SUCH COLLISIONS
MATHEMATISCHE SIMULATIES VAN FLANKBOTSINGEN VAN PERSONENAUTO'S MET FIETSERS. ONTWIKKELING VAN EEN BIJ DERGELIJKE BOTSINGEN 'IDEAAL' AUTOFRONT
The Dutch Ministry of Transport has commissioned SWOV Institute for Road Safety Research to carry out a simulation study into side collisions of cars against bicyclists. The aim of the study is to obtain a description of an ideal car front in terms of shape and stiffness. An ideal car front will cause minimal harm in case of side collisions with bicyclists. SWOV used its computer program VEDYAC for this purpose, after developing three specific models: a bicyclist model, a bicycle model, and a car front model. These models were validated using data of experimental collisions from TNO Road Vehicles Research Institute. To evaluate the results of the actual simulations, a standard simulation was carried out. This standard simulation was a bicycle side collision in which the bicycle traveled at 15 km/h and the car at 30 km/h. The car front was the standard developed and validated in the first part of the study.
- Text in Dutch; summary in English. Also pub. as Institute for Road Safety Research, Leidschendam (Netherlands) rept. No. R-92-24. Available in U.S., Canada and Mexico only. All others refer to Institute for Road Safety Research SWOV, P.O. Box 170, 2260 AD Leidschendam, The Netherlands.
The Hague, Netherlands 2594 AW
- van der Sluis, J
- VAN KAMPEN, LTB
- Publication Date: 1992
- Pagination: 67 p.
- TRT Terms: Bicycle crashes; Side crashes; Simulation; Traffic safety; Vehicle design; Vehicle front end
- Geographic Terms: Netherlands
- Subject Areas: Design; Highways; Safety and Human Factors; Vehicles and Equipment;
- Accession Number: 00674057
- Record Type: Publication
- Files: TRIS
- Created Date: Feb 8 1995 12:00AM