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TitleDiscussion of scope of current biomechanics at the NHMRC Road Accident Research Unit
AuthorsMcLean AJ
TypeConference Paper
AbstractThe NH&MRC Road Accident Research Unit at the University of Adelaide is funded by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council on a 5-year basis. The Unit comprises seven research staff members on Medical Research Council funding, a similar number funded from other sources, and four technical and clerical personnel. The work of the Unit is in three main areas: drunk driving, at scene accident investigation, and impact biomechanics. An ongoing study of the mechanisms of injury to the brain in fatal pedestrian and motorcycle accidents is the major component of our impact biomechanics research. We are also investigating the concept that i n jury t o the brain may result from relative motion between the brain and the stiff structures of the cranial cavity. This investigation was proposed by David Viano and is supported by General Motors Research Labs through a subcontract with Wayne State University. Other work includes a study o f the frequency and nature of injury t o the cervical spine among all fatally injured road users, and a study of the performance of motorcycle helmets in protecting the head and face, as well as the brain, in fatal cases (where death was not necessarily due to a head injury). The major study of mechanisms of injury to the brain has, as a long term aim, the better definition of the tolerance of the head to impact.
Report NumberSAE/SP-87/731
PublisherSociety of Automotive Engineers, Inc
Publisher CityWarrendale PA
SponsorSAE Passenger Protection Committee
Journal TitleInjury Biomechanics
Conference NameInternational Conference on Biomechanics Research (SAE)
Conference AbbreviationSAE
Conference LocationWashington DC, USA
Conference Date18-21 May 1987
Page Range103-104
Page Count2
Notesavailable from CASR library on request

McLean AJ (1987). Discussion of scope of current biomechanics at the NHMRC Road Accident Research Unit. International Conference on Biomechanics Research (SAE), (pp. 103-104). Warrendale PA: Society of Automotive Engineers, Inc.