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Syllabus for

Academic year
TME195 - Advanced passive safety
Syllabus adopted 2010-02-24 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPAUT
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Automation and Mechatronics Engineering, Bioengineering, Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Design Engineering
Department: 42 - APPLIED MECHANICS

Teaching language: English
Maximum participants: 40

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course
0109 Examination 7,5 c Grading: TH   7,5 c   30 May 2011 am V,  Contact examiner

In programs

MPAUT AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEERING, MSC PROGR - Safety specialization, Year 1 


Docent  Johan Davidsson


For single subject courses within Chalmers programmes the same eligibility requirements apply, as to the programme(s) that the course is part of.

Course specific prerequisites

- Vehicle and Traffic Safety


Students are to attain deep and basic understanding in human anatomy, body response to different types of transient mechanical loads and how injury tolerance levels and injury criteria are established. The student will learn more about dummy designs and dummy use. Mathematical simulation of vehicle structure, restraints, crash test dummies and humans will be thoroughly presented. The students will learn the principles of injury reduction trough restraints for different body regions, crash situations, and for occupant diversity. The students will learn methods to use accident analyses/reconstructions to suggest vehicle and restraint design improvements.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

  • describe the basic structure and mechanical properties of various body parts

  • describe how different body regions respond to static and transient loads; biomechanical and physiological response (fundamental principles of injury biomechanics)

  • discuss the concept of injury criteria, injury risk functions and injury thresholds 

  • draft a proposal for the completion of mathematical models of a vehicle, a restraints, a crash test dummy or a model of a human

  • suggest appropriate model, e.g. subtypes of mechanical, biological or mathematical models, in various different types of studies in the field of passive safety

  • describe how some futuristic car restraints and car structures can reduce injury risk

  • describe how a vehicle accident analysis and reconstruction is carried out and how such data can be used to specify product requirements

  • describe how near-crash activated reverible safety systems will reduce injury risk if the crash occurs.



    The course consists of lectures and a laboratory exercise. The lectures will cover:   

    -Fundamental anatomy, physiology, function and to some extent, medical terminology of the human body.

    -Fundamental biomechanics and structural, functional, and visco-elastic effects of the human body.

    -Biomechanical tolerance levels, injury mechanisms and protection criteria.

    -Biological models (cadavers, animals, human volunteers) and experimental studies.

    -Mechanical models, crash test dummies, instrumentation, measuring methods for transient events and crash test methods.

    -Mathematical models (FEM, rigid body, and hybrid models) used for analysing vehicle-occupant interactions (pre-crash and in-crash) as well as accident analyses and reconstructions.

    -Methods for acquiring accident data, coding and classifying injuries, assessing risk of permanent disability, conducting epidemiological analyses.

    -Protection system techniques, protection systems for different road-user categories, protection for different body parts for various crash configurations 


    - Lectures
    - Assignments


    To be defined.
    To some extent: Trauma Biomechanics - Accident Injury in Traffic and Sports; Kai-Uwe Scmitt et al. 2:nd edition or later, ISBN 978-3-540-73872-5 and handouts of lecture notes as provided by the course homepage.


    - Approved assignments/laboratory work
    - Exam

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