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Adaptive seat to reduce neck injuries for female and male occupants

Objective

The development of adaptive safety systems addressing vehicle occupant protection requires the use of in depth knowledge of various occupant features, specifically those related to the risk of injury. All occupants in passenger vehicles are at risk of sustaining whiplash injuries in a low severity crash. Whiplash associated disorders (WAD), so called whiplash injuries, resulting from car crashes, are a serious traffic safety issue, resulting in over 4 billion € costs to European society. Yearly more than 300 000 European citizens suffer neck problems from these injuries and 15 000 result in long terms consequences. In the population, the females are at higher risk of these injuries than the males. The difference in risk between the robust, male, population and the vulnerable, female, part of the population is between 40-100%. This has been reported from epidemiological studies from all over the world since the end of the 1960s until today. Yet still, when assessing the vehicle safety the only available occupant model for these impact scenarios is an average male. Adaptive anti-whiplash systems need to be evaluated for their benefits both for males and females. If there are no improved protective systems, further rising costs for the European Society can be expected.
This project aims at establishing the properties for a model of an average female and to implement those in a computational model in order to provide an improved tool for the development and evaluation of adaptive systems with special focus on protection against whiplash injuries.
The project will result in a computational model of a female, in addition to the male model that already exists, for low severity testing. In addition, the computational models will be used in the design and evaluation of adaptive seat systems in order to provide enhanced neck injury protection from the seat.

Call for proposal

FP7-SST-2008-RTD-1
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Funding Scheme

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

Coordinator

STATENS VAG- OCH TRANSPORTFORSKNINGSINSTITUT
Address
Olaus Magnus Vaeg 35
58195 Linkoeping
Sweden
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 558 164
Administrative Contact
Astrid Linder (Dr.)

Participants (12)

CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLA AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 511 159
Address
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41296 Goeteborg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Katarina Ekman (Ms.)
LUDWIG-MAXIMILIANS-UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 247 852
Address
Geschwister Scholl Platz 1
80539 Muenchen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Wolfram Hell (Dr.)
Folksam Ömsesidig Sakförsäkring
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 74 350
Address
Bohusgatan 14
10660 Stockholm
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Anders Kullgren (Dr.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET GRAZ
Austria
EU contribution
€ 383 352
Address
Rechbauerstrasse 12
8010 Graz
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ernst Tomasch (Dr.)
UNIVERSITE DE STRASBOURG
France
EU contribution
€ 64 800
Address
Rue Blaise Pascal 4
67081 Strasbourg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Laurence Petin-Monteil (Ms.)
Stiftung Arbeitsgruppe für Unfallmechanik
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 238 500
Address
Winkelriedstrasse 27
8006 Zuerich
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Kai-Uwe Schmitt (Dr.)
LOUGHBOROUGH UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 61 447
Address
Ashby Road
LE11 3TU Loughborough
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Raymond Kent (Dr.)
FIRST TECHNOLOGY SAFETY SYSTEMS (EUROPE)

Participation ended

Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 39 408
Address
Kleveringweg 6-8
2600JA Delft
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Paul Lemmen (Mr.)
FUNDACION CIDAUT
Spain
EU contribution
€ 92 838
Address
Plaza Vicente Aleixandre Campos 2 Pq Tecnologico De Boecillo 209
47151 Valladolid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Maria Teresa Fernandez Peña (Dr.)
VOLVO PERSONVAGNAR AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 33 174
Address
Avd 50090 Hb3s
405 31 Goteborg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Lotta Jakobsson (Dr.)
Faurecia Sièges d'Automobile
France
EU contribution
€ 83 440
Address
Rue Hennape 2
92000 Nanterre
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Christophe Aufrere (Mr.)
HUMANETICS EUROPE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 110 393
Address
Im Breitspiel 6
69126 Heidelberg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Paul Lemmen (Mr.)