Project: Rear Impact Dummy Evaluation

Reference: S0437/V8

Last update: 25/03/2008 17:07:25

Objectives

The objective of this test programme is to collect dummy response data for the Hybrid III, Bio RID II and RID 3D under selected sled test conditions, collate analysed results from other laboratories taking part in the dummy test programme and prepare a synthesis report, detailing biofidelity and repeatability, documenting to what extent the three dummies facilitate the potential injury criteria available. This work will form the UK contribution to the EEVC WG12 Rear Impact Dummy Evaluation Programme.

Description

The European Enhanced Vehicle-safety Committee (EEVC) consists of governmental representatives and technical experts from several European countries. Its Working Group 20 - Rear Impact is currently working to develop test procedure(s) for rear-end collisions, with a prime focus on neck injury reduction (Whiplash) and evaluation of the proposed test procedure(s) in laboratory conditions. Whiplash Associated Disorder (WAD) injury is a very important and difficult subject area. Some form of regulatory test may ultimately be necessary to reduce the severity and incidence of WAD injury and it is essential that such a test is met with broad-based support. Before a validated test procedure can be developed, some further understanding of WAD injury is necessary, linked in with an understanding of the way the new generation of rear impact dummies behave, predict injury and what their limitations are.

EEVC Working Group 12 - Biomechanics has as one of its current Terms of Reference to co-ordinate research in Europe in order to assist in the development of acceptable adult dummies for passenger cars and light trucks, with a view to their use in legislation both within the European Community and on a wide international basis under UN-ECE 1958 and 1998 agreements. Specifically, the WG has been asked to provide a written recommendation for a low severity rear impact dummy to be used in the WG20 test procedure. To date, the working group has reached agreement on the biomechanical response requirements and candidate dummies required. The next phase of work demands collection of candidate dummy response data under selected test conditions. A large number of component sled tests have been performed by various research projects using different dummies and test conditions. These have been collated and reviewed. However, this matrix of dummies and test conditions is incomplete, as not every candidate dummy has been tested under the test conditions and the versions of dummies tested have varied and are mostly not representative of the final versions available today. Therefore, in order to be fully objective and up to date, a limited test program to completed selected biofidelity tests has been proposed, to which the UK has agreed to contribute. This document specifies that contribution

Contractor(s)

TRL Limited
Crowthorne House, Nine Mile Ride, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG40 3GA
+44 (0)1344 773131

Contract details

Cost to the Department: £106,010.34

Actual start date: 01 November 2005

Actual completion date: 31 March 2006

Publication(s)

Review of Recommendations regarding the use of Hybrid III in low speed rear impact 'whiplash' tests
Author: Hynd, D
Publication date: 01/07/2007
£0.00
Source: mailto:Bob.Moran@dft.gsi.gov.uk

PPR211 WG12 Rear Impact Dummy Evaluation in Low Speed Rear Impact
Author: TRL, Ltd
Publication date: 31/01/2008
£0.00
Source: mailto: bob.moran@dft.gsi.gov.uk

EEVC WG12 Assessment of Dummies for Rear Impact Part A - Requirements and Criteria
Author: TRL, Ltd
Publication date: 31/01/2008
£0.00
Source: mailto:bob.moran@dft.gsi.gov.uk

EEVC WG12 Assessment of Dummies for Rear Impact Part B - Biofidelity
Author: TRL, Ltd
Publication date: 31/01/2008
£0.00
Source: mailto:bob.moran@dft.gsi.gov.uk

EEVC WG12 Assessment of Dummies for Rear Impact Part C - Repeatability and Reproducibility
Author: TRL, Ltd
Publication date: 31/01/2008
£0.00
Source: mailto:bob.moran@dft.gsi.gov.uk

Low Energy Rear Impact Tests using RID3D, BioRID II and Hybrid III
Author: TRL, Limited
Publication date: 31/01/2007
Published
£0.00
Source: mailto: Bob.Moran@dft.gsi.gov.uk