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Introduction to Impact Biomechanics and Human Body Models


To prevent human injury in traffic it is necessary to understand the biomechanics of impact. This can be done through experimental studies with human subjects, volunteers, or post-mortem human subjects (PMHS), after ethical approval. The individual variation is large in experiments with human subjects, due to the wide spread of anthropometry and material properties that depend on factors such as gender, age, and health status. Mechanical anthropometric crash test dummies were developed to provide repetitive tools for development and assessment of safety systems for specific loading scenarios, representing mid-size males, large males, small females and children of different ages. With the development of advanced safety systems, the need for repetitive tools with increased biofidelity and anatomical details, initiated development of numerical human body models. With increasing computer capacity, human body models have become popular tools for traffic safety research, crash simulations, safety evaluations and to study the effects of population diversity on traffic safety. This course covers the basic topics of impact biomechanics, such as human anatomy, population variance, mechanical properties of human tissues, and injury criteria. Finally, it focuses on computational models of the human body and their use to develop and evaluate safety systems.

Who should attend?

This seminar addresses everyone who wants to obtain an up-to-date overview or who needs a deepened understanding of the field of impact biomechanics, such as university graduates, career changers, management, project assistants, internal service providers, qualified technicians from the crash-test lab or anyone basing product development or decision-making on simulation results with human body models.

Course Objectives

The objective of this course is to introduce impact biomechanics, injury biomechanics, and to provide an overview of computational models of the human body. You will learn about the most important topics and get a chance to understand how it relates to your work and traffic safety in general.

Course Contents

  • Introduction to impact biomechanics
    • Human anatomy & physiology
    • Medical terminology
    • Injury scaling scores
    • Epidemiology
    • Human substitutes
  • Material properties
    • Soft tissues
    • Hard tissues
  • Injury mechanisms, tolerances, & criteria
    • Head and neck
    • Thorax
    • Upper and lower extremities
  • Population variability
    • Biomechanics of children
    • The aging population
    • Gender differences
  • Human body models
    • Introduction to numerical methods
    • Methodology for model development
    • Validation of models
    • State of the art models
    • Strengths and limitations

Dr. Karin Brolin
Lightness by Design AB

Brolin Karin Brolin has worked in the field of impact biomechanics throughout her career. Karin Brolin earned her Ph.D. in 2002 at the Royal Institute of Technology, and since then she has worked in both academia and industry on the topic of human body injury mechanisms and tolerances. The past ten years she led a research group focusing on human body simulations for traffic safety and injury prevention, as Professor in Computational Impact Biomechanics at Chalmers University of Technology. Since 2019 Dr. Brolin has worked as an independent consultant and researcher.

Date Language Price Code
16 Oct - 19 Oct 2023 English 1650 EUR  (1340 EUR till 18 Sep 2023 ) 4140
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Dr. Karin Brolin (Lightness by Design AB)
Seminar hours: 16.-19.10.2023, daily 09:00 - 13:00 CEST  
Date Language Price Code
08 Oct - 11 Oct 2024 English 1340 EUR  (1590 EUR from 11 Sep 2024 ) 4289
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Dr. Karin Brolin (Lightness by Design AB)
Seminar hours:
Tuesday, 08.10.2024, 9:00 - 13:00
Wednesday, 09.10.2024, 9:00 - 13:00
Thursday, 10.10.2024, 9:00 - 13:00
Friday, 11.10.2024, 9:00 - 13.00
The times indicated refer to the time zone CEST = UTC+2h

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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