FACTORS AFFECTING PELVIC AND THORACIC FORCES IN NEAR-SIDE IMPACT CRASHES: A STUDY OF US-NCAP, NASS, AND CIREN DATA

The goal of this study was to determine how a number of vehicle design parameters affected peak driver dummy accelerations during a near-side impact. These data were augmented by real-world crashdata from both NASS-CDS and CIREN. The results indicated that for vehicle of a certain weight, dummy chest acceleration can be reduced by reducing door crush, decreasing wheelbase, and having a soft or breakaway center console. A rigid center traps the pelvis, loading the side opposite the intruding door increasing the frequency of pelvic fractures for a given amount of door crush. The identification of vehicle design factors affecting dummy contact accelerations might provide insight into how to further protect against these injuries.

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  • Accession Number: 00989500
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Apr 6 2005 12:00AM