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Mr. van Poppel has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He is a Licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.) in the state of Texas and is an active member in SAE and ASME. His professional career includes 8 years experience in accident reconstruction, and 15 years experience in automotive restraint systems development and design. He also holds several patents in the field of restraint systems.
Mr. van Poppel has been involved in hundreds of tests, including component tests, sled tests with crash test dummies (ATD’s), and full vehicle crash tests for final product performance verifications and validations. He specializes in the investigation of seatbelt systems, airbag systems, crash reconstruction, rollover events, occupant kinematics, and biodynamics. Other specialties include vehicle dynamics, laboratory testing, and the analysis of dynamic events in general, with FEA or Rigid Body simulation software tools such as LS-Dyna and Madymo.
Two vehicles collided at an intersection, causing one vehicle to flip onto its side. The front passenger was not wearing a seatbelt and sustained serious spinal cord injuries. ESi used HVE software to create simulations of the crash sequence, and imported the vehicle motion output into MADYMO to model both “belted” and “unbelted” occupant responses inside the vehicle.
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