A STUDY ON RIDE-DOWN EFFICIENCY AND OCCUPANT RESPONSE IN HIGH SPEED CRASH TESTS

In vehicle crash tests, an unbelted occupant's kinetic energy is absorbed by the restraints such as an air bag and/or knee bolster and by the vehicle structure during occupant ride-down with the deforming structure. Both the restraint energy absorbed by the restraints and the ride-down energy absorbed by the structure through restraint coupling were studied in time and displacement domains during crash test data and a single vehicle-occupant model. Using the vehicle and occupant accelerometers and/or load cell data from the 31 mph barrier crash tests, the restraint and ride-down energy components were computed for the lower extremity, such as the femur, for the light truck and passenger car respectively. Relationships between the ride-down efficiency and occupant response in terms of femur decelaration and load are then studied for the unbelted driver occupant in the air bag equipped light truck and passenger car respectively. For the covering abstract of the conference see IRRD 875168.

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  • Accession Number: 00719696
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Institute for Road Safety Research, SWOV
  • ISBN: 1-56091-627-3
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 950656
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Apr 26 1996 12:00AM