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EEVC Research in the field of developing a European Interior Headform Test Procedure

  • The European Enhanced Vehicle-safety Committee (EEVC) Working Group 13 for Side Impact Protection has been developing an Interior Headform Test Procedure to complement the full-scale Side Impact Test Procedure for Europe and for the proposed IHRA test procedures. In real world accidents interior head contacts with severe head injuries still occur, which are not always observed in standard side impact tests with dummies. Thus a means is needed to encourage further progress in head protection. At the 2003 ESV-Conference EEVC Working Group 13 reported the results on Interior Headform Testing. Further research has been performed since and the test procedure has been improved. This paper gives an overview of its latest status. The paper presents new aspects which are included in the latest test procedure and the research work leading to these enhancements. One topic of improvement is the definition of the Free Motion Headform (FMH) impactor alignment procedure to provide guidelines to minimize excessive headform chin contact and to minimize potential variability. Research activities have also been carried out on the definition of reasonable approach head angles to avoid unrealistic test conditions. Further considerations have been given to the evaluation of head airbags, their potential benefits and a means of ensuring protection for occupants regardless of seating position and sitting height. The paper presents the research activities that have been made since the last ESV Conference in 2003 and the final proposal of the EEVC Headform Test Procedure.

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Author:Tobias LangnerORCiD, Michiel van Ratingen, Ton Versmissen, Adrian Roberts, James D. Ellway
Document Type:Conference Proceeding
Date of Publication (online):2014/09/19
Year of first publication:2005
Contributing corporation:TNO Automotive Safety
Release Date:2014/09/19
Tag:Airbag; Bewertung; Dummy; Forschungsarbeit; Kopf; Prüfverfahren; Seitlicher Zusammenstoß; Verletzung
Airbag; Anthropometric dummy; Evaluation (assessment); Head; Injury; Research project; Side impact; Test method
Volltext: http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/pdf/esv/esv19/05-0158-O.pdf.
Außerdem beteiligt: TRL
Source:Proceedings 19th International Technical Conference on the Enhanced Safety of Vehicles, Washington, D.C., June 6-9, 2005
Institutes:Abteilung Fahrzeugtechnik / Abteilung Fahrzeugtechnik
Dewey Decimal Classification:6 Technik, Medizin, angewandte Wissenschaften / 62 Ingenieurwissenschaften / 620 Ingenieurwissenschaften und zugeordnete Tätigkeiten
collections:BASt-Beiträge / ITRD Sachgebiete / 84 Personenschäden
BASt-Beiträge / Tagungen / International Technical Conference on the Enhanced Safety of Vehicles (ESV) / 19th ESV Conference 2005

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