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Rear Seat Occupant Protection in Frontal Impact


While the design of restraint systems for the rear seats used to be a secondary issue, it has moved in the focus of research and development since the introduction of occupant safety assessments on adult and child dummies in rear seats in consumer protection tests. In addition to looking at Euro NCAP, however, requirements of other NCAPs as well as legal requirements must be considered for a sensible design of the restraint system. Last but not least, a system design must also consider real life aspects. Starting from knowledge on typical injury patterns in real-world accidents, this 1-day seminar discusses both NCAP and legal requirements for the frontal crash. In addition, the dummies to be used in the vehicle rear will be presented, in particular the Q6 and Q10 dummies will be discussed. For the most important load cases, the most relevant protection criteria and possibilities for influencing them through the restraint parameters are being examined. The seminar will be rounded off by approaches for designing restraint systems for the back seat and an outlook on new seating positions possible in the context of automated driving.

Who should attend?

The seminar addresses simulation and test engineers, project engineers and project managers as well as the heads of development departments in the field of passive safety who work in R&D of occupant restraint-systems.

Course Objectives

The objective of the seminar is to provide an understanding of the requirements and specifics in rear seat occupant protection, to provide the knowledge of test configurations and dummies, and to provide a view on state-of-the-art solutions.

Course Contents

  • Typical injury patterns in real accident events and injury risk curves
  • Legal requirements
  • Requirements from consumer testing
  • Dummies on the rear seat; Q6 and Q10 child dummies, Hybrid III 5 %
  • Relevant protection criteria for the most important load cases
  • Solutions for restraint system design and optimization
  • Overview: Safety of occupants in new seating positions (automated driving)

Dr.-Ing. Burkhard Eickhoff
Autoliv B.V. & Co. KG

Eickhoff Burkhard Eickhoff studied mechanical engineering in Hannover (Germany) focusing on vehicle engineering and applied mechanics. Starting from 1999 he worked with Autoliv B.V. & Co. KG as a test engineer for sled and crash tests. Since 2003 he has been project manager in systems development (safety belt) of the same company. He was involved in the definition and assessment of new restraint systems and he conducted feasibility studies using system simulation as well as dynamical tests. Moreover he had a consultant role regarding restraint system design. He finished his doctoral thesis at the Helmut Schmidt University Hamburg in 2012 on the reduction of belt induced thorax deflection in frontal crashes. Since 2016 he has been head of the department Virtual & System Engineering, Homologation at Autoliv B.V. & Co. KG.

This course is available as an in-house seminar. The trainer comes to your site - you save travel expenses and travel time. Get an offer.

Your contact person

Dr. Dirk Ulrich
Phone.: 06023 - 96 40 - 66

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