Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Modelling for Injury Prevention: Research in Collaboration with Industry
Serpil Acar, Memiş Acar
Loughborough University, UK.
The focus of the seminar will be the research projects in the Interdisciplinary Biomechanics and Injury Prevention Research Group of Loughborough University. These include full spine modelling, head and neck modelling and occupant modelling.
Restraints, such as seatbelts and head-restraints save lives. There is a need for research to improve automotive restraint systems for whiplash prevention and seatbelt protection for people who have difficulties in keeping the traditional seatbelt in its intended position. In particular, pregnant women are perfect examples of this group of people and present a challenge for automobile manufacturers. In this part of the seminar the speakers will introduce the EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) research project ‘Automotive Design: Incorporating the Needs of Pregnant Women' which identified the needs and characteristics of pregnant women for the automotive industry. A comprehensive parametric computer aided model of a pregnant occupant generated from the anthropometric measurements will also be presented as part of an ongoing EPSRC research project ‘Expecting’: A Pregnant Occupant Model. The aim of these research projects is to generate tools for the designers in the automotive industry for an advanced representation of pregnant women in order to minimise the risk of death and accidental injuries.
The research projects are conducted with close collaboration with the automotive industry and medical sector. The outcome of these research projects will aid the automotive safety industry to develop safer cars.
May 30, 2006, 15:40, FENS L061