Crashworthiness

The research group has established a distinctive research capability for theoretical and numerical analysis of the dynamic behaviour of vehicle structures and provides expertise in development and application of simulation tools.

The group is under the leadership of Dr Ahmed Elmarakbi with expertise focused on vehicle crashworthiness optimization for crash safety design, impact dynamics of vehicle structures, crashworthiness and safety of roadside safety structures, crashworthiness of composite structures and finite element analysis/optimization. The group is internationally distinguished for its huge contributions to the understanding of crashworthiness and vehicle safety and is committed to maintaining the highest standard of research.

The current research is focused on roadside restraint system improvements by developing innovative energy-absorbing traffic guardrail systems and on occupant and vehicle safety. It is also focused on development of a smart front-end structure for vehicle crashworthiness improvement under high speed impact.

A new direction of vehicle crash improvement using fixed and extendable smart front-end structures is proposed to support the function of the existing vehicle structure.

The research includes developing and analyzing mathematical models and their associated equations of motion for different collision events. It is also focused on investigation the influence of vehicle dynamics systems on vehicle collision mitigation.

 

This page was published on 9 May 2016