Shock and Vibration

Shock and Vibration / 1996 / Article

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Volume 3 |Article ID 785286 |

Jeffrey H. Marcus, "Determination of Effective Thoracic Mass", Shock and Vibration, vol. 3, Article ID 785286, 21 pages, 1996.

Determination of Effective Thoracic Mass

Received21 Jan 1995
Accepted29 Aug 1995


Effective thoracic mass is an important parameter in specifying mathematical and mechanical models (such as crash dummies) of humans exposed to impact conditions. A method is developed using a numerical optimizer to determine effective thoracic mass (and mass distribution) given a number of acceleration signals and a force signal response. Utilizing previously reported lateral and frontal impact tests with human cadaveric test specimens in a number of different conditions, the effective thoracic mass is computed. The effective thoracic masses are then computed for a variety of crash dummies exposed to identical test conditions.

Copyright © 1996 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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