PEDESTRIAN IMPACT: BASELINE AND PRELIMINARY CONCEPTS EVALUATION. VOLUME I: SUMMARY
An experimental study was conducted to investigate the significance of vehicle front design parameters on pedestrian impact dynamics. The specific objectives were to quantify the present pedestrian hazard and then assess the injury reduction potential of a number of selected vehicle configurations. This was accomplished by conducting highly instrumented experimental impacts using adult and 6-year-old child anthropomorphic dummies and unembalmed cadaveric specimens. In all, 80 experimental dummy impacts (36 child and 44 adult) and 11 unembalmed cadaveric impacts were conducted over the speed range from 10 to 30 mph with present production vehicles, candidate injury mitigating concepts, and the first generation Research Safety Vehicles. The results indicate that significant reductions in injury severity can be realized through vehicle front design changes and increased surface compliance.
- See also Volume 2, PB-292691.
Battelle Columbus Laboratories505 King Avenue
Columbus, OH United States 43201
Washington, DC United States 20590
- Pritz, H B
- Hassler, C R
- Weis, E B
- Publication Date: 1978-5
- Pagination: 30 p.
- TRT Terms: Anatomical models; Automobiles; Cadavers; Crash injury research; Crashes; Design; Dummies; Impact tests; Injuries; Motor vehicle bodies; Pedestrian safety; Pedestrians; Research; Safety engineering; Safety equipment; Strategic planning; Vehicle design; Vehicle front end
- Uncontrolled Terms: Experimental data
- Old TRIS Terms: Automobile bodies; Pedestrian protection
- Subject Areas: Design; Highways; Pedestrians and Bicyclists; Research; Safety and Human Factors; Vehicles and Equipment;
- Accession Number: 00191449
- Record Type: Publication
- Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
- Report/Paper Numbers: DOT-HS-803-816 Final Rpt.
- Contract Numbers: DOT-HS-4-00961
- Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
- Created Date: May 26 1979 12:00AM