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Chest injury prediction in heavy vehicle collision tests

Reference number
Coordinator Volvo Technology AB - Avd 6310, M1:6
Funding from Vinnova SEK 1 450 000
Project duration July 2011 - September 2013
Status Completed
Venture Traffic safety and automated vehicles -FFI
End-of-project report 2010-02136eng.pdf (pdf, 145 kB)

Purpose and goal

The goals of this project were to develop and implement methods for improved chest injury criteria and implement methods to better predict chest injury criteria. Moreover, to secure that the Ph.D. student within the project could finish his Ph.D.

Results and expected effects

The results indicate that the RibEye chest deflection measurement was higher than the Hybrid III potentiometer deflection. A Normalized Criteria Correction Factor to adjust the chest responses of the Hybrid III can be applied to more accurately reflect the response in a human. This work has developed knowledge and strategic tools necessary for Swedish-made heavy vehicles to retain its position as one of the safest heavy vehicles on the market, which is an important contribution to a continued competitive automotive industry in Sweden.

Approach and implementation

Continued Ph.D. studies to improve the chest injury criteria have been the focus of the project. Moreover, to secure that the Ph.D. student within the project could complete his doctoral studies. This was done by analysing sled tests and full-scale tests with heavy commercial vehicles, evaluation of chest injury risk when the chest is impacting the steering wheel, as well as validation of the proposed method.

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Last updated 25 February 2020

Reference number 2010-02136

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