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Vehicle Passenger Safety: Exploring Whiplash Protection Systems

Author: Anita Vasavada
Co-Author: Mr. Kirk Reinkens

In this Real World Engineering Project, students will design and evaluate an active head restraint system.
-Learning about whiplash injury, and characterizing a physical model of the human head-neck system.
-Evaluating the physical model in the context of neck injury testing, and designing a head restraint which can limit head movements during a collision.
-Characterizing a motor and specifying commands which can move the head restraint appropriately when an impact occurs.
-Evaluating a sensor which will activate the motor before an impact occurs.
-Testing the ability of the entire active head restraint system to limit head motion during a simulated rear-end collision.



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