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Development and Validation of a 50th Percentile Male Pedestrian FE Model

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Raed E. El-Jawahri, Jesse S. Ruan, Stephen W. Rouhana, Saeed D. Barbat

Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, MI

Paper No. IMECE2010-39986, pp. 641-654; 14 pages
  • ASME 2010 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 11: New Developments in Simulation Methods and Software for Engineering Applications; Safety Engineering, Risk Analysis and Reliability Methods; Transportation Systems
  • Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, November 12–18, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4448-9
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME


The objective of this study was to develop and validate a finite element (FE) human model that represents a 50th percentile adult pedestrian male. The geometry of the previously developed and well validated Ford Human Body (FHB) model was modified to change the posture from driving to standing. The femur, tibia, and fibula were validated against published test data of human bone specimens in different dynamic loading scenarios. The leg model was validated against dynamic, three-point bending test data of human legs from Post Mortem Human Subjects (PMHS). The kinematics and dynamics of the full pedestrian model was validated against PMHS car-pedestrian impact test data under different levels of severity. The model responses were compared with the corresponding published generalized response corridors. In all the component level and full body model simulations the responses from the model correlated well with both the generalized response corridors and the responses from the individual cadavers.

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