Project: Interior Pillar Padding

Reference: S094A/VF

Last update: 04/12/2003 12:19:45


The objective was to develop a simple, repeatable and representative sub-system test procedure.


The European Enhanced Vehicle-Safety Committee (EEVC) Side Impact Test Procedure includes the measurement of head impact with the EUROSID dummy. It was recognised that this would evaluate only a limited range of the potential head contact locations within the vehicle. EEVC commenced a study of accident analysis and the evaluation oft potential head impact sub-systems tests. Three alternative headforms have been appraised and the effect of free flight and linearly guided have been examined. This paper presents progress of the EEVC study and the initial results of the test programme. Proposals are made for a possible test method and for a future validation test programme.


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Contract details

Cost to the Department: £123,000.00

Actual start date: 01 October 1994

Actual completion date: 01 February 1997


Paper 96-S8-O-07. The Evaluation of Sub-Systems Methods for Measuring the Lateral Head Impact Performance of Cars. ESV Conference May 1996
Author: TRL, TNO & BASt on behalf of EEVC WG13
Publication date: 01/05/1996
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Summary of results

  1. The research established that the FMH headform based on the Hybrid III dummy head represented the best tool for assessing the effectiveness of side impact interior padding. This headform will be used in the next phase of tests, to evaluate the relative merits of free flight versus linearly guided impacts. The objectives of this research will not be fully realised until this further work is completed, but progress so far has been promising.