Crash Compatibility

  • D. Buzeman-Jewkes
  • R. W. Thomson
  • D. C. Viano
Conference paper
Part of the International Centre for Mechanical Sciences book series (CISM, volume 423)


Undesirable — or incompatible — crash interactions between one vehicle and its collision partner can be due to differences in structure, mass, stiffness and geometry. These differences can increase deformation and acceleration levels in one or both of the vehicles and thereby increase occupant injury risks. Real world statistics indicate that the ratio of occupant fatalities between two vehicle types can range from 1.6:1 (cars and light trucks in frontal collisions) to 23:1 (cars struck in the side by large vans). The mix of vehicle types and potential impact conditions present a challenge when designing crash protection strategies for motor vehicles and the transportation network.


Injury Risk Occupant Injury Impact Speed Side Impact Crash Test 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. Buzeman-Jewkes
    • 1
  • R. W. Thomson
    • 1
  • D. C. Viano
  1. 1.Crash Safety Division; Department of Machine & Vehicle DesignChalmers University of TechnologyGoteborgSweden

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