In-depth accident investigation of rollovers as a basis for the development of new testing procedures

  • In-depth road traffic accident research in Spain is a fairly recent activity. In the past, only accident data that had been retrospectively processed by the national and regional traffic police forces was available. In 1999 Applus+IDIADA set up a permanent accident research unit to carry out indepth analysis of road accidents in Spain. Since then accidents involving cars, motorcycles, coaches and vulnerable road users have been thoroughly studied. The Applus+IDIADA accident research team has carried out work for the various traffic polices in Spain and it is currently involved in several research projects in which accidentology is one of the main tasks. The working methodology of the team is presented in the first part of the paper. In the framework of the European research project "Rollover" (GRD2-2001-50086), Applus+IDIADA has collected data, inspected scenarios and performed virtual reconstructions of twenty-six of the total seventy-six rollover accidents studied. The second half of the paper describes how these accident investigations were used to develop a test procedure for identifying possible improvements to the vehicle structure which augment occupant protection in a rollover scenario. In particular, a proposal for a new drop test for rollover assessment is presented. The cases were analysed for severity, in terms of injury to the occupants and damage to the vehicle, and taking into account whether a seatbelt was worn or not. The worst possible cases were identified as those that had severe occupant injuries and sizable damage to the occupant compartment when seatbelts had been worn. The most severe cases were then analysed further for impact position (roll and pitch angles) and the impact velocity. With these parameters taken into account, the most representative combinations could be found. This resulted in a series of configurations for possible drop tests. The results of the tests indicate where passenger vehicle structures need to be improved in order to increase occupant safety in the event of a rollover crash.

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Author:J. M. Barrios, S. J. Busby, J. Huguet, V. Salvachúa, G. Tejera
Document Type:Conference Proceeding
Date of Publication (online):2012/08/01
Contributing corporation:Applus+IDIADA <Tarragona>
Release Date:2012/08/01
Tag:Benutzung; Fahrzeug; Fußgänger; Insasse; Karosserie; Konferenz; Motorrad; PKW; Radfahrer; Reisebus; Sachschaden; Schweregrad (Unfall; Sicherheitsgurt; Spanien; Unfall; Untersuchung am Unfallort; Verbesserung; Verletzung); Vermeidung; Versuch; Überschlagen
Accident; Body (car); Car; Coach; Conference; Cyclist; Damage; Improvement; Motorcycle; On the spot accident investigation; Overturning (veh); Pedestrian; Prevention; Safety belt; Severity (accid; Spain; Test; Use; Vehicle; Vehicle occupant; injury)
Source:1st International Conference on ESAR "Expert Symposium on Accident Research", S. 85-94
Institutes:Sonstige / Sonstige
Dewey Decimal Classification:3 Sozialwissenschaften / 36 Soziale Probleme, Sozialdienste / 360 Soziale Probleme und Sozialdienste; Verbände
collections:BASt-Beiträge / ITRD Sachgebiete / 80 Unfallforschung
BASt-Beiträge / ITRD Sachgebiete / 91 Fahrzeugkonstruktion
BASt-Beiträge / Tagungen / International Conference on ESAR / 1st International Conference on ESAR

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