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Development of new design and test methods for whiplash protection in vehicle collisions (WHIPLASH II)

Project information

Grant agreement ID: G3RD-CT-2000-00278

  • Start date

    1 March 2001

  • End date

    31 August 2004

Funded under:

FP5-GROWTH

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 662 876

  • EU contribution

    € 2 087 300

Coordinated by:

NETHERLANDS ORGANISATION FOR APPLIED SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH - TNO

Netherlands

Objective

Yearly more than one million European citizens suffer neck injuries from car collisions. These injuries often give rise to long lasting consequences for the individuals. It is expected that whiplash injuries can be reduced significantly by improvements in vehicle design, in particular the seat/head restraint system and the restraint system. As a result of the 4th Framework WHIPLASH project, a test and design method for whiplash protection has been developed, however, this method considers the loading phase of rear-end collisions only. The technical and scientific objective of this new project is to develop evaluation and design methods to minimise the incidence and risk of neck injuries in all important accident conditions and to take the rebound phase of the loading phase also into account. Main innovations in this project include:
- implementable design guidelines related to the seat/head restraint system and the restraint system for improved whiplash protection
- test methods and a new crash dummy to assess the whiplash protection offered by a vehicle
- computer models to support the industrial design process.

Coordinator

NETHERLANDS ORGANISATION FOR APPLIED SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH - TNO

Address

97,Schoenmakerstraat 97
2600 Ja Delft

Netherlands

Participants (13)

CENTRO RICERCHE FIAT S.C.P.A.

Italy

CHALMERS UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY

Sweden

DAIMLERCHRYSLER AG

Germany

FAURECIA SIÈGES D'AUTOMOBILE

France

FIRST TECHNOLOGY SAFETY SYSTEMS (UK) LTD

United Kingdom

FOLKSAM OEMSESIDIG SAKFOERSAEKRING

Sweden

Fiat Auto SpA

Italy

GRAZ UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY

Austria

LEAR CORPORATION ITALIA SPA

Italy

PEUGEOT CITROËN AUTOMOBILES S.A.

France

SWISS FEDERAL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY ZUERICH

Switzerland

TRL LIMITED

United Kingdom

VOLKSWAGEN AG

Germany

Project information

Grant agreement ID: G3RD-CT-2000-00278

  • Start date

    1 March 2001

  • End date

    31 August 2004

Funded under:

FP5-GROWTH

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 662 876

  • EU contribution

    € 2 087 300

Coordinated by:

NETHERLANDS ORGANISATION FOR APPLIED SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH - TNO

Netherlands