View Full Version : human tolerance to dynamic loading

11-28-2001, 11:21 AM
Dear Colleagues,

Imagine the following situation: a person sitting in the sports car seat
upside-down (i.e. hanging on seat belts) receives a vertical (up) blow in
the head: 4500N applied at very short duration. Will he survive?

Could you please suggest a reference, which would provide quantitative
information on how much of dynamic loading is transmitted by "dumping" in
the helmet and spine and how much by "elastic" response? Will a substantial
part of the load be absorbed through the acceleration of the system (helmet
+ body, "m * a")?

Thank you,
Karol Miller

Dr Karol Miller
Senior Lecturer
Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering
The University of Western Australia
35 Stirling Highway
Crawley WA 6009, AUSTRALIA
Phone: + (61) 8 93807323
Fax: + (61) 8 93801024
Email: kmiller@mech.uwa.edu.au

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