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Enhancement of Vehicle/Roadside Hardware Crash: Dynamic Response of Child Occupant Involved in Vehicle/Pole Impact

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Ahmed Elmarakbi

University of Sunderland, Sunderland, UK

Vid Krznaric, Khaled Sennah, Michael Chapman

Ryerson University, Toronto, ON, Canada

William Altenhof

University of Windsor, Windsor, ON, Canada

Paper No. IMECE2011-65830, pp. 91-99; 9 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


This paper focuses on minimizing child injuries experienced during frontal vehicle-to-pole collisions by improving on the safety and energy absorption of existing traffic pole structures. A finite element computer model, using LS-DYNA software, is used to simulate crash events in order to determine the influence of pole structural and material characteristics on the injury parameters of a hybrid III 3-year-old child dummy occupant. Different pole support systems and laminar traffic poles of different materials are investigated in this paper. It is concluded that the anchored base support and the embedded pole in soil systems provide desirable crashworthy results, thus reducing fatalities and injuries resulting from vehicle impact. It is also recommended to mandate traffic protection devices in all areas with poor energy absorbing characteristics that resemble non-deformable objects.

Copyright © 2011 by ASME



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