Biomechanics and Occupant Protection at DRI

Biomechanics and Occupant Protection

Biomechanics is the study of the effects of forces acting upon and within the human body.

Occupant protection is the study of systems and technologies that reduce and mitigate those forces during a crash or even during normal vehicle operations. DRI staff regularly publish papers on a wide range of occupant protection topics including risk and benefit analyses to determine whether or not a technology or design can reduce the frequency and severity of injuries for a given situation.

Such studies are often multi-disciplinary, requiring the application of a wide range of analytical methods, simulation tools, and relevant exposure, accident, vehicle, and injury data, all of which DRI has readily available.


Impact Test Lab

Including 6 meter monorail helmet impactor for helmet R&D, quality control, or accident reconstruction studies; guided drop assembly capable of measuring both linear and angular head accelerations; Part 572 head-neck pendulum; 6 meter twin rail drop impactor; and other pendulums and impactors. Extensive instrumentation and data acquisition capabilities, high speed camera, data reduction, analysis and documentation support.

Motorcyclist Anthropometric Test Device

An over-the-road test system used to measure tire forces and moments (in 6 degrees of freedom) under realistic operating conditions of vertical load, slip angle, camber angle, and slip ratio.

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