CALIBRATION PROCEDURES OF TEST DUMMIES FOR SIDE IMPACT TESTING

The objectives of the study were to develop and establish recommended tests, testing procedures and calibration criteria by which test dummies can be characterized and qualified for side impact compliance testing. The test procedures developed in this program were based on a review of available biomechanics literature, car crash tests, accident investigation data and impact sled tests. The tests which were developed are simple to perform and can be done using the apparatus for existing Part 572 frontal tests. The tests, with the exception of the lateral neck test, do not require disassembly of the test dummy. The tests are repeatable and sensitive enough to detect variabilities in the construction and response of the dummy. In evaluation tests of three test dummies, the test procedures produced repeatable results, but variations in response levels were also noted. In view of the limited knowledge of the biomechanics of lateral impact response and the variabilities in test dummy construction, the test procedures and calibration criteria developed by this program should be considered preliminary until additional biomechanical information and more uniformly constructed dummies become available.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Highway Safety Research Institute

    Huron Parkway and Baxter Road
    Ann Arbor, MI  USA  48109

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  USA  20590
  • Authors:
    • Melvin, J W
    • BENSON, J B
  • Publication Date: 1977-3-14

Media Info

  • Pagination: 210 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00175498
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT-HS-803-253 Final Rpt., UM-HSRI-77-13
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-HS-6-01296
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: May 31 1978 12:00AM