Preliminary Discussion of an Approach to Modeling Living Human Head and Neck to −Gx Impact Acceleration

  • E. B. Becker


A joint Army-Navy-Wayne State University study of the dynamic response of the living human head and neck to −Gx impact acceleration was initially presented at the Twelfth Stapp Car Crash Conference (1). In the course of this study a number of volunteer subjects underwent −Gx impact acceleration known to be well within previously established tolerance limits. The motion of the subject’s head and neck in the midsagittal plane were monitored with inertial instrumentation and high speed photography.


Human Head Kinematic Parameter Modeling Head High Speed Photography Head Center 
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  1. 1.
    I. C. L. Ewing, D. J. Thomas, G. W. Beeler, Jr., L. M. Patrick and D. B. Gillis, “Dynamic Response of the Living Human to -Gx Acceleration,” Proceedings of the Twelfth Stapp Car Crash Conference, pp. 424–439, New York: Society of Automotive Engineers, Inc., 1968.Google Scholar
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    L. Walker, E. Harris and U. Pontius, Letter Report of Data from ONR Contract N00014–69-A-0248–0001, with Tulane University. “The Evaluation of Some Physical Measurements of the Head and Head and Neck of Human Cadavers,” November 16, 1971 (Unpublished).Google Scholar
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    E. B. Becker, “Measurement of the Mass Distribution Parameters of Anatomical Segments”, accepted for publication for the 16th Stapp Car Crash Conference, August 11, 1972. In press.Google Scholar
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    C. L. Ewing, D. J. Thomas, “Human Head and Neck Response to Impact Acceleration,” NAMRL Monograph 21. Pensacola, Florida. August 10, 1972.Google Scholar

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1973

Authors and Affiliations

  • E. B. Becker
    • 1
  1. 1.Naval Aerospace Medical Research Laboratory DetachmentNew OrleansUSA

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