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Center for Injury Biomechanics

Crash test

The Center for Injury Biomechanics is a partnership between VTTI, the Virginia Tech Department of Mechanical Engineering, and the Virginia Tech-Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences. The center conducts research into injury biomechanics, injury modeling, and transportation-related injury biomechanics. Center work includes an in-depth study of 1,000 road-departure crashes at 24 sites across the U.S. to determine conditions such as speed and topography. Other transportation-related injury research includes car crash tests, large-scale tissue testing, NASCAR-Indy restraint testing, advanced restraint tests, guardrail evaluations, child seat evaluations, airbag-induced eye injuries, the development of a synthetic eye, elbow joint injuries from side airbags, wrist injuries, upper extremity dummy design, posterior rib fractures from side airbags, child dummy neck evaluations, small female neck interactions with side airbags, airbag out-of-position testing, and the development of a pregnant occupant model.

For more information about CIB, visit their website.

Warren Hardy, Center Director

Warren Hardy
Center Director


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