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Thoracic injury assessment for improved vehicle safety

Objective

About 41,600 people were killed and more than 1.7 million injured in European road accidents in 2005. Although the number of road fatalities has declined by more than 17% since 2001, more efforts will have to be made if the EC's targets on reduction of road fatalities and injuries are to be met. The THORAX Project will focus on reduction and prevention of thoracic injuries, one of the dominant causes for fatalities and injuries in car crashes. The objective of THORAX is to develop the required understanding in thoracic injury mechanisms and to implement this into numerical and experimental tools that will enable the design and evaluation of advanced vehicle restraint systems that offer optimal protection for a wide variety of car occupants. In order to maximise the safety benefits gained from new vehicle technology for different genders, ages and sizes, these tools will have to be more sensitive to the in-vehicle occupant environment than what is the case today. THORAX mobilises the European research community and car industry to study real world loading conditions and related injury mechanisms given the variation in occupant characteristics and system functionalities offered by modern restraint systems. The gained know-how will be implemented in hardware and software demonstrators that will be evaluated for their added potential on restraint optimisation. THORAX aims to stimulate the introduction of new technologies in vehicles to further reduce road fatalities and injuries to car occupants in Europe and make the traffic safer for young and older drivers. The project also aims to increase the level of competitiveness of the European automobile industry. Safety is a proven selling point, as underlined by a substantial involvement of European car industry in THORAX. The developed tools will be forwarded for usage in design of lS vehicle systems and assessment procedures of such systems. For this purpose THORAX will cooperate with related projects, as defined in a CSA

Call for proposal

FP7-SST-2007-RTD-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

HUMANETICS EUROPE GMBH
Address
Im Breitspiel 6
69126 Heidelberg
Germany
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 607 962
Administrative Contact
Paul Lemmen (Mr.)

Participants (11)

AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 172 174
Address
Wallentinsvagen 22
447 83 Vargarda
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ola Bostrom (Dr.)
BUNDESANSTALT FUER STRASSENWESEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 137 189
Address
Bruederstrasse 53
51427 Bergisch Gladbach
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Hildegard Behr-Greinert (Ms.)
CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLA AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 318 919
Address
-
41296 Goeteborg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Katarina Ekman (Ms.)
GIE DE RECHERCHES ET D'ETUDES PSA RENAULT
France
EU contribution
€ 295 560
Address
Avenue De La Grande Armee 75
75116 Paris
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Frederick Getton (Mr.)
PARTNERSHIP FOR DUMMY TECHNOLOGY AND BIOMECHANICS GBR
Germany
EU contribution
€ 290 193
Address
Dieselstrasse 23
85080 Gaimersheim
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Klaus Bortenschlager (Mr.)
CONTINENTAL SAFETY ENGINEERING INTERNATIONAL GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 281 984
Address
Carl Zeiss Strasse 9
63755 Alzenau
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Heinz Beck (Mr.)
UNIRESEARCH BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 138 880
Address
Delftechpark 37 J
2628 XJ Delft
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Eric Feenstra (Mr.)
UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID
Spain
EU contribution
€ 184 909
Address
Calle Ramiro De Maeztu 7 Edificio Rectorado
28040 Madrid
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Gonzalo Leon (Prof.)
TRL LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 297 724
Address
Crowthorne House Nine Mile Ride
RG40 3GA Wokingham
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Maria Mcgrath (Ms.)
FIRST TECHNOLOGY SAFETY SYSTEMS (EUROPE)

Participation ended

Netherlands
Address
Kleveringweg 6-8
2600JA Delft
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Paul Lemmen (Mr.)
INSTITUT FRANCAIS DES SCIENCES ET TECHNOLOGIES DES TRANSPORTS, DE L'AMENAGEMENT ET DES RESEAUX
France
EU contribution
€ 243 356
Address
Boulevard Isaac Newton 14 Cite Descartes 14-20
77447 Marne La Vallee Cedex 2
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Daniel Tinet (Mr.)