Kinematic Analysis of Human Volunteer Tests

  • V. L. Roberts
  • D. H. Robbins


One of the primary difficulties in providing adequate simulation of human response during a crash has been the lack of data describing human response under similar circumstances. Because of the medical care problems which may arise from volunteer tests, the bulk of the testing has been performed under the sponsorship of governmental agencies who can provide a proper medical staffing and hospital care facilities should they become necessary.

This report contains the results of an analysis of high speed cinephotographic and electronic transducer records from a series of impact tests on human volunteers conducted by the 6571st Aeromedical Research Laboratories at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico. The volunteers were restrained by lap belts. Linear and angular displacement, velocity and acceleration data for the volunteers’ heads are given and provide useful information regarding human head-neck response to impact.


Kinematic Analysis Head Velocity Head Acceleration Horizontal Head Comparative Test Result 
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  1. 1.
    J. H. McElhaney, V. L. Roberts and D. H. Robbins, “Analysis of Daisy Track Human Tolerance Tests,” Final Report on U.S. DOT Contract No. FH-11–6962, NTIS Access No. PB201265, p. 158, February 1971.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    D. H. Robbins, R. G. Snyder and V. L. Roberts, “Mathematical Simulation of Daisy Track Human Volunteer Tests,” Final Report on U.S. DOT Contract No. FH-11–6962, NTIS Access No. PB203717, p. 57, June 1971.Google Scholar

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1973

Authors and Affiliations

  • V. L. Roberts
    • 1
  • D. H. Robbins
    • 1
  1. 1.University of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

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