Biomechanics & Safety

Biomechanics

Biomechanics is the application of mechanical engineering and physics to the human body to study the kinematics (movement and forces) and related injury mechanisms.

Our biomechanical experts have conducted investigations pertaining to the mechanism and causation of injury in the transportation, consumer product, industrial, construction, agricultural, marine, and recreational industries.

We have multiple state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and test equipment strategically located throughout the U.S. that allow us to evaluate and test anything from small scale to large scale environments.

Many of our projects involve analysis of the interaction of people with their environment and resulting injuries. Motor vehicle biomechanical investigations often include vehicle restraints, such as seat belts and airbags, rollovers, ejections, low-speed collisions, and child restraint systems (CRS). We have also conducted investigations related to worker’s compensation and product and premises liability, including slips, trips, and falls.

Our biomechanical experts routinely conduct specialized tests involving photographic and video analysis, simulations that include virtual crash testing with MADYMO, computer graphics, animations, national database searches that include NHTSA’s NASS, CIREN, and FARS databases, and literary research in the investigation and reconstruction of accidents.

The M.D. and R.N. we have on staff allow for assistance with research and analysis of medical records beyond the expertise of biomechanical engineers.

We also frequently utilize volunteer testing and surrogate studies augmented with anthropomorphic test devices, including ATD or “crash test dummies," as the situations dictate.

Several of our personnel are involved in various industry standards committees and subcommittees, chairing some of those that most impact our industry. Our experts are also well published, and frequently present at various industry and trade organization functions.

 

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