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A Comparison of the Performance of Two Advanced Restraint Systems in Frontal Impacts
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2014 (English)In: Traffic Injury Prevention, ISSN 1538-9588, Vol. 15, S119-S125 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objective: The goal of the study is to compare the kinematics and dynamics of the THOR dummy in a frontal impact under the action of 2 state-of-the-art restraint systems.

Methods: Ten frontal sled tests were performed with THOR at 2 different impact speeds (35 and 9km/h). Two advanced restraint systems were used: a pretensioned force-limiting belt (PT+FL) and a pretensioned belt incorporating an inflatable portion (PT+BB). Dummy measurements included upper and lower neck reactions, multipoint thoracic deflection, and rib deformation. Data were acquired at 10,000Hz. Three-dimensional motion of relevant dummy landmarks was tracked at 1,000Hz. Results are reported in a local coordinate system moving with the test buck.

Results: Average forward displacement of the head was greater when the PT+FL belt was used (35km/h: 376.3 +/- 16.1mm [PT+BB] vs. 393.6 +/- 26.1mm [PT+FL]; 9km/h: 82.1 +/- 26.0mm [PT+BB] vs. 98.8 +/- 0.2mm [PT+FL]). The forward displacement of T1 was greater for the PT+FL belt at 35km/h but smaller at 9km/h. The forward motion of the pelvis was greater when the PT+BB was used, exhibiting a difference of 82mm in the 9km/h tests and 95.5mm in the 35km/h test. At 35km/h, upper shoulder belt forces were similar (PT+FL: 4,756.8 +/- 116.6N; PT+BB: 4,957.7 +/- 116.4N). At 9km/h, the PT+BB belt force was significantly greater than the PT+FL one. Lower neck flexion moments were higher for the PT+BB at 35km/h but lower at 9km/h (PT+FL: 34.2 +/- 3.5 Nm; PT+BB: 26.8 +/- 2.1 Nm). Maximum chest deflection occurred at the chest upper left region for both belts and regardless of the speed.

Conclusion: The comparison of the performance of different restraints requires assessing occupant kinematics and dynamics from a global point of view. Even if the force acting on the chest is similar, kinematics can be substantially different. The 2 advanced belts compared here showed that while the PT+BB significantly reduced peak and resultant chest deflection, the resulting kinematics indicated an increased forward motion of the pelvis and a reduced rotation of the occupant's torso. Further research is needed to understand how these effects can influence the protection of real occupants in more realistic vehicle environments.

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2014. Vol. 15, S119-S125 p.
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seatbelt, pretensioners, front impact, belted, occupant kinematics, crash dummies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-106161DOI: 10.1080/15389588.2014.936410ISI: 000354471600017PubMedID: 25307376OAI: diva2:841218
Available from: 2015-07-10 Created: 2015-07-09 Last updated: 2015-07-10Bibliographically approved

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