Automotive Accident Reconstruction: Practices and Principles (Ground Vehicle Engineering) (Paperback)

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Automotive Accident Reconstruction: Practices and Principles (Ground Vehicle Engineering) (Paperback)


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Automotive Accident Reconstruction: Practices and Principles introduces techniques for gathering information and interpreting evidence, and presents computer-based tools for analyzing crashes. This book provides theory, information and data sources, techniques of investigation, an interpretation of physical evidence, and practical tips for beginners. It also works as an ongoing reference for experienced reconstructionists. The book emphasizes three things: the theoretical foundation, the presentation of data sources, and the computer programs and spread sheets used to apply both theory and collected data in the reconstruction of actual crashes.

It discusses the specific requirements of reconstructing rollover crashes, offers background in structural mechanics, and describes how structural mechanics and impact mechanics are applied to automobiles that crash. The text explores the treatment of crush energy when vehicles collide with each other and with fixed objects. It delves into various classes of crashes, and simulation models. The framework of the book starts backward in time, beginning with the analysis of post-crash vehicle motions that occurred without driver control.

  • Applies time-reverse methods, in a detailed and rigorous way, to vehicle run-out trajectories, utilizing the available physical evidence
  • Walks the reader through a collection of digital crash test data from public sources, with detailed instructions on how to process and filter the information
  • Shows the reader how to build spread sheets detailing calculations involving crush energy and vehicle post-crash trajectory characteristics
  • Contains a comprehensive treatment of crush energy

This text can also serve as a resource for industry professionals, particularly with regard to the underlying physics.

Donald E. Struble holds a BS, MS, and PhD from California Polytechnic State University, Stanford University, and Georgia Institute of Technology, respectively, all in engineering with an emphasis on structuralmechanics. Dr. Struble was assistant professor of aeronautical engineering at Cal Poly, manager of the Research Safety Vehicle program and senior vice president of Engineering and Research at Minicars, Inc., and president of Dynamic Science in Phoenix, Arizona. He is a member of SAE, AAAM, and Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society. Formerly senior engineer at Collision Safety Engineering in Phoenix, Arizona, and president of Struble-Welsh Engineering in San Luis Obispo, California, he is now retired.
Product Details ISBN: 9781138076723
ISBN-10: 1138076724
Publisher: CRC Press
Publication Date: March 29th, 2017
Pages: 498
Language: English
Series: Ground Vehicle Engineering