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Syllabus for

Academic year
TME200 - Vehicle and traffic safety
Syllabus adopted 2010-02-25 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: 80

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course
0109 Examination 7,5 c Grading: TH   7,5 c   13 Dec 2010 pm M,  Contact examiner,  Contact examiner

In programs

MPDES INDUSTRIAL DESIGN ENGINEERING, MSC PROGR - Automotive Design Engineering, Year 1 (compulsory)


Bitr professor  Karin Brolin


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

Basic courses in mechanics


Students are to attain an understanding in:
    •    Traffic related injuries, effect on life, and cost for society and means to reduce these injuries and cost
    •    Crash worthiness
    •    In crash compatibility between different road users and between road users and road furniture
    •    Restraint designs and their principal function; for adults, children and vulnerable road users.
    •    Regulatory testing; Test facilities, barriers and loading devices, measurement systems, crash test dummies (design requirements based on biological models), injury criteria (basic anatomy, injuries and models used to study injury criteria) and reference values
    •    Other sources of information that effect the safety aspects of vehicle design (Safety ratings and real life performance requirements)
    •    Infrastructure design to reduce accident risk and impact severity
    •    Active safety devices on the market: its design and functionality
    •    Human aspects of traffic safety (or of active safety devices)

The level of understanding should be such that the students in their profession as engineers should be able to read the literature in the field of active and passive safety, take part in tests of passive and active restraint systems and basic knowledge of the complexity of designing safe vehicles.

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

  • Describe various means to reduce traffic related fatalities and injuries

  • Discuss the effect of different car structure design and crash configurations on in-crash load paths in the vehicle and in the occupants

  • Explain means to avoid incompatibility between different road vehicles and road furniture

  • Describe how car restraints and car structure can reduce injury risk

  • Design and perform a crash test, filter and analyse data, suggest applicable injury criteria and calculate injury criteria values

  • Portray the differencees between a crash test - dummy/loading device and the human body

  • Describe how different body regions respond to loads; biomechanical and physiological response

  • Understand the impact of Product Liability, Rating and Regulations on vehicle and restraint design

  • List the most important sensor principles under consideration for automotive safety applications and to explain their technological advantages and limitations

  • Explain the design and the function of state-of-art active safety systems
  • Content

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

  • Accidentology and epidemiology

  • Crash worthiness

  • Compatibility

  • Future vehicle designs

  • Restraint designs

  • Testing

  • Crash test dummy design

  • Injury assessments

  • Infrastructure design

  • Active Safety
  • Organisation

    About 50 hours of scheduled lectures. Lecturers will cover the different
    subject areas with connection to the specific area in their daily work and research. The contents of the lectures are to a great extent included in the course literature, but the lecturers will also present much from their own experience and knowledge.

    Laboratory Exercises:
    One laboratory exercise will be carried out in the course. The purpose of this work is to investigate mechanical testing aspects of crash safety, to get acquainted with video analysis, measuring systems, instruments, crash test dummy parts and to analyse the obtained data. Each individual is responsible for one sub task within a larger project. Each group will present their test results in a report and present orally during a seminar.

    Each group should include 6 persons.


    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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