Car seat design to improve rear-impact protection


HİMMETOĞLU S. , Acar M., Bouazza-Marouf K., Taylor A. J.

PROCEEDINGS OF THE INSTITUTION OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERS PART D-JOURNAL OF AUTOMOBILE ENGINEERING, vol.225, pp.441-459, 2011 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 225
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Doi Number: 10.1177/2041299110393188
  • Title of Journal : PROCEEDINGS OF THE INSTITUTION OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERS PART D-JOURNAL OF AUTOMOBILE ENGINEERING
  • Page Numbers: pp.441-459

Abstract

This study presents car seat concepts which are designed to mitigate whiplash injuries through coordinated motion of seat components for a wide range of crash severities. In order to evaluate the effectiveness of the proposed car seat concepts, computational multibody models of a generic car seat and a biofidelic 50th-percentile male human model for rear impact are developed. A number of car seat concepts are shown to reduce the risk of whiplash injuries by utilizing head restraint support and energy-absorbing features, which remain reusable after impact.