DETERMINATION OF INJURY THRESHOLD LEVELS BY RECONSTRUCTION OF REAL ROAD ACCIDENTS

All methods used to determine the biomechanical tolerance levels of humans exposed to shock loads are hampered by the fact that it is not possible to simulate human reactions. The only possibility of investigating the real load of car occupants in the injury threshold range consists in the reconstruction of suitable road accidents. After assessing the damage to parts in the interior of the vehicle and the injuries to the occupants the damage is simulated in a laboratory. Subsequently, the loads which have caused the injuries are measured in dynamic and static experiments. After definition of the threshold levels, injuries and loads are then correlated. The first results have shown that this method yields statistically significant tolerance levels, provided that a sufficient number of cases are investigated. In addition, it is possible to check data obtained by other methods.

  • Corporate Authors:

    IRCOBI (International Research Council on the Biokinetics of Impacts)

    109 Avenue Salvador Allende
    Bron CEDEX,   France  F-69675
  • Authors:
    • Rueter, G
    • Hontschik, H
  • Publication Date: 1976-9

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos; References;
  • Pagination: p. 279-287
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00134127
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Analytic
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 9 1977 12:00AM