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Further Validation of the Head in the Ford Human Body FE Model

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Raed E. El-Jawahri, Tony R. Laituri, Jesse Ruan

Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, MI

Paper No. IMECE2011-62172, pp. 17-23; 7 pages
  • ASME 2011 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 9: Transportation Systems; Safety Engineering, Risk Analysis and Reliability Methods; Applied Stochastic Optimization, Uncertainty and Probability
  • Denver, Colorado, USA, November 11–17, 2011
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5495-2
  • Copyright © 2011 by ASME


The head in the Ford human body model (FHBM) was previously validated against impact test data involving post mortem human subjects (PMHS). The objective of the current study was to further validate the head model against more PMHS tests. The data included the following published tests: rigid bar impact to the forehead, zygoma, and maxilla (2.5–4.2 m/s), lateral pendulum impact (5.7 m/s), and front pendulum impact to the frontal bone, nasal bone, and maxilla (2.2 m/s). The responses from the model were compared to available published cadaveric response corridors and to various cadaveric responses. When compared to the cadaveric response corridors, the responses from the model were within those corridors. In addition, the model responses demonstrated acceptable fidelity with respect to the test data. The head injury criterion (HIC15 ), strain, and stress values from the model were also reported.

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