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Vehicle Safety

Blast Impact

Landmines remain one of the major threats to military vehicles and the personnel inside. Improving occupant protection requires a core understanding of how these threats interact with the vehicle and how the vehicle then interacts with its occupants. Both are necessary to establish the possible injury modes and mechanisms of injury. Shock transmission through the floor pan, occupant kinematics resulting in contact with interior components, and inertial loading due to high accelerations are all aspects of the blast loading environment that must be considered.

Biokinetics can help assess blast impact safety of the occupants by:

  • identifying injury causation modes,
  • developing injury risk prediction methods,
  • conducting full scale tests with instrumented surrogates,
  • analyzing body loads and resulting injury likelihood,
  • developing custom surrogates and measurement systems,
  • testing and evaluating injury reduction technologies,
  • developing injury prevention solutions.

Vehicle Crashworthiness

Military vehicles are exposed to numerous threats in combat and non-combat operations including landmines, IEDs, mortars, collisions, and rollovers. While protection from blast effects and fragmentation are of primary importance, a large number of occupant compartment injuries highlight the need for better occupant protection.

Vehicle occupant protection systems in civilian and military environments can benefit from Biokinetics' core competency in injury prevention through the testing and evaluation of existing systems or the development and evaluation of new technologies.

Biokinetics has experience with many passive and active occupant restraint technologies such as belts, airbags, inertial reels, pre-tensioners, compartment padding and their interactions with the occupants. Assessing the performance of these safety technologies during proper and improper, or perhaps unintended use, has been studied extensively by Biokinetics on behalf of government agencies.

Biokinetics is well-versed in injury risk assessment functions and criteria, the use, maintenance, calibration and implementation of crash test dummies or mannequins, interpretation and implementation of federal rules and regulations surrounding vehicle occupant safety, data reduction and analysis for both the civilian and military fields. Our in-house testing facilities along with available head, neck, torso, abdominal, extremity and whole body surrogates allow us to simulate many blunt trauma events, enhancing our analysis capabilities

Challenge Biokinetics to with your occupant protection and crashworthiness needs.

Research and Development

Biokinetics has been a key player in transportation safety for over 30 years. Developments in automotive crashworthiness, harmonization of international automotive safety standards and automotive injury investigations have contributed to our core knowledge in this field. Our clients have included Transport Canada, the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) as well as major automotive safety research institutes.

Our experience in transportation research and development includes:

  • Crash test dummy biofidelity improvements for automotive and motorcycle testing
  • Fuel tank fire safety and fuel spill prevention
  • Vehicle barrier crash testing
  • Seat belt deployment and fit
  • Air bag safety
  • Out-of-position (OOP) occupants
  • Child restraint systems