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There is a need to know the distribution of injury tolerance in order to be able to calculate potential benefits from proposed legislation and to know the effects of setting different performance requirements in legislative tests. Similarly, more advanced and suitable dummies are required for this evaluation to keep abreast of advances in knowledge on biomecanics and injury which will lead towards worldwide harmonisation of testing designs. The immediate need is to maintain up to date information on side impacts as the draft directive progresses, but future developments of, or modifications to, regulations on frontal impacts mean that this information will be required also for frontal impacts.
This project was concerned with the development of reliable and biofidelic dummies for use in tests on vehicles to measure the injury risk to vehicle occupants, and on the relationship between the responses of the dummies and the risk of injury. Specifically, this project included a contribution to the development of an advanced dummy suitable for use in frontal impact testing.
Crowthorne House, Nine Mile Ride, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG40 3GA
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Cost to the Department: £1,176,000.00
Actual start date: 01 April 1992
Actual completion date: 01 March 1996
PR/VE/200/96. Final Report on Biomechanics and Dummy Development
Author: TRL Ltd
Publication date: 01/03/1996
Source: Contact: Bob.Moran@dft.gsi.gov.uk