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TitleCrashworthiness research at the NHMRC road accident research unit
AuthorsAnderson RWG, McLean AJ
TypeConference Paper
AbstractThe NHMRC Road Accident Research Unit (RARU) at the University of Adelaide has investigated aspects of vehicle crashworthiness for many years. Recently, this work has concentrated on head injury prevention, for both vehicle occupants and pedestrians. The nature and severity of brain injuries to car occupants has been studied in relation to the object struck by the head and the location of the impact on the head. RARU has used this information to assess the likely benefits from padding the upper interior of the passenger compartment in terms of reducing the incidence and severity of brain injury. With support from the Federal Office of Road Safety, RARU is also developing a test facility to investigate the level of protection afforded to a pedestrian by current model passenger cars in car/pedestrian collisions. The procedure consists of three sub-system tests which consider loading to the head, the upper leg and the knee joint. The test procedure has been developed by the European Experimental Vehicles Committee and is currently being considered for adoption as a European vehicle safety standard. RARU is also using the facility to physically reconstruct fatal pedestrian accidents and to study the aggressiveness of bullbars.
Report Number17/51
Book DetailsStaySafe 44: Developing Safer Motor Vehicles for Australia
SponsorSociety of Automotive Engineers Australasia, StaySafe Committee, Federal Office of Road Safety
Conference NameStaySafe 44: Developing Safer Motor Vehicles for Australia: seminar held at Parliament House
Conference LocationSydney, Australia
Conference Date16-17 March 1998
Page Range99-108
Page Count10
Notesavailable from CASR library on request

Anderson RWG, McLean AJ (1998). Crashworthiness research at the NHMRC road accident research unit. StaySafe 44: Developing Safer Motor Vehicles for Australia: seminar held at Parliament House, (pp. 99-108).