Software to calculate occupant forces in real world crashes

Award Information
Agency: Department of Transportation
Branch: N/A
Contract: DTRT5705C10119
Agency Tracking Number: DTRS57?02-C-10052
Amount: $299,485.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 2005
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
355 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 200, Torrance, CA, 90501
DUNS: 098614027
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 John Zellner
 Technical Director
 (310) 212-5211
Business Contact
 John Zellner
Title: Technical Director
Phone: (310) 212-5211
Research Institution
A need exists for economical, high capacity softwre to aid medical and engineering researchers to more easily and consistently calculate forces acting on vehicle occupants during real-world crashes. One example of such research is NHTSA's Crash Injury research and Engineering Network (CIREN), which in adition to collecting injury and vehicle information, has increasing access to data from Event Data Recorders (EDRs) present in production vehicles. The objectives of this R&D effort would be to develop and demonstrate an easy-to-use software tool that would be able to access all the available crash information, and automatically set-up and run computer simulations. These would use the recorded or estimated vehicle kinematics, and would calculate the three dimensional occupant contacts, forces and motions, enabling the user to associate these with the observed contacts and injuries. The proposed effort involves integrating existing public domain and other software, data and methods that DRI has used and is intimately familiar with (e.g., ATB GEBIR, NHANES, NASS-CDS datat forms, linked vehicle parameter databases, DRIVISIONFORM, graphical user interfaces, etc.), without incorporating costly third party software. The proposal also addresses user-requested enhancements and extensions, based on the Phase I software, and includes a minimum of two Phase II user workshops and demonstration sessions.

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