Kinematic Comparison of Pediatric Human Volunteers and the Hybrid III 6-Year-Old Anthropomorphic Test Device.

Center for Injury Research and Prevention, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Center for Applied Biomechanics, University of Virginia TK Holdings.
Annals of advances in automotive medicine 01/2010; 54:97-108.
Source: PubMed


The Hybrid III 6-year-old ATD has been benchmarked against adult-scaled component level tests but the lack of biomechanical data hinders the effectiveness of the procedures used to scale the adult data to the child. Whole body kinematic validation of the pediatric ATD through limited comparison to post mortem human subjects (PMHS) of similar age and size has revealed key differences attributed to the rigidity of the thoracic spine. As restraint systems continue to advance, they may become more effective at limiting peak loads applied to occupants, leading to lower impact environments for which the biofidelity of the ATD is not well established. Consequently, there is a growing need to further enhance the assessment of the pediatric ATD by evaluating its biofidelity at lower crash speeds. To this end, this study compared the kinematic response of the Hybrid III 6 year old ATD against size-matched male pediatric volunteers (PVs) (6-9 yrs) in low-speed frontal sled tests. A 3-D near-infrared target tracking system quantified the position of markers at seven locations on the ATD and PVs (head top, opisthocranion, nasion, external auditory meatus, C4, T1, and pelvis). Angular velocity of the head, seat belt forces, and reaction forces on the seat pan and foot rest were also measured. The ATD exhibited significantly greater shoulder and lap belt, foot rest, and seat pan normal reaction loads compared to the PVs. Contrarily, PVs exhibited significantly greater seat pan shear. The ATD experienced significantly greater head angular velocity (11.4 ± 1.7 rad/s vs. 8.1 ± 1.4 rad/s), resulting in a quicker time to maximum head rotation (280.4 ± 2.5 ms vs 334.2 ± 21.7 ms). The ATD exhibited significantly less forward excursions of the nasion (171.7 ± 7.8 mm vs. 199.5 ± 12.3 mm), external auditory meatus (194.5 ± 11.8 mm vs. 205.7 ± 10.3 mm), C4 (127.0 ± 5.2 mm vs. 183.3 ± 12.8 mm) and T1 (111.1 ± 6.5 mm vs. 153.8 ± 10.5 mm) compared to the PVs. These analyses provide insight into aspects of ATD biofidelity in low-speed crash environments.

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    • "In a study by Ash et al. (2009), head excursion was found to be similar for a scaled human response compared to the Hybrid III 10YO and 5 th percentile female ATDs, even with significant differences in T1 displacement, indicating the neck itself could be too flexible. Differences between spinal kinematics of child volunteers and the Hybrid III 6YO ATD were demonstrated in low speed frontal tests [Seacrist et al., 2010]. In another study, inverse dynamics were applied to experimental kinematics to estimate upper neck forces and moments within adult PMHS and Hybrid III 50 th percentile male ATD in both low and high speed tests [Lopez-Valdes et al., 2010 & 2011b]. "
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    ABSTRACT: Thoracic spine flexibility affects head motion, which is critical to control in motor vehicle crashes given the frequency and severity of head injuries. The objective of this study is to investigate the dynamic response of the human upper thoracic region. An original experimental/analytical approach, Isolated Segment Manipulation (ISM), is introduced to quantify the intact upper thoracic spine-pectoral girdle (UTS-PG) dynamic response of six adult post-mortem human subjects (PMHS). A continuous series of small displacement, frontal perturbations were applied to the human UTS-PG using fifteen combinations of speed and constraint per PMHS. The non-parametric response of the T1-T6 lumped mass segment was obtained using a system identification technique. A parametric mass-damper-spring model was used to fit the non-parametric system response. Mechanical parameters of the upper thoracic spine were determined from the experimental model and analyzed in each speed/constraint configuration. The natural frequencies of the UTS-PG were 22.9 ± 7.1 rad/sec (shear, n=58), 32.1 ± 7.4 rad/sec (axial, n=58), and 27.8 ± 7.7 rad/sec (rotation, n=65). The damping ratios were 0.25 ± 0.20 (shear), 0.42 ± 0.24 (axial), and 0.58± 0.32 (rotation). N-way analysis of variance (Type III constrained sum of squares, no interaction effects) revealed that the relative effects of test speed, pectoral girdle constraint, and PMHS anthropometry on the UTS-PG dynamic properties varied per property and direction. While more work is needed to verify accuracy in realistic crash scenarios, the UTS-PG model system dynamic properties could eventually aid in developing integrated anthropomorphic test device (ATD) thoracic spine and shoulder components to provide improved head kinematics and belt interaction.
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    • "The Hybrid III 10, Q6, and Q10 received six repetitive trials. The Hybrid III 6 received three repetitive trials (Seacrist et al. 2010). "
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    ABSTRACT: Previous research has suggested that the rigid pediatric ATD spine may not adequately represent the relatively mobile, multi-segmented spine of the child and thus may lead to important differences in the head trajectory of the ATD relative to a human. Recently we compared the responses of size-matched child volunteers to the Hybrid III 6-year-old ATD in low-speed frontal sled tests, illustrating differences in head, spinal, and pelvic kinematics as well as seating environment reaction loads. This paper expands this line of work to include comparisons between size-matched restrained child volunteers to the Hybrid III 10-year-old and the Q-series 6 and 10-year-old ATDs tested in the same low speed frontal environment. A 3-D near-infrared video target tracking system quantified the position of markers on the ATDs and volunteers(head top, nasion, external auditory meatus, C4, T1, and pelvis). Angular velocity of the head, seat belt forces, and reaction loads on the seat pan and foot rest were also measured. The Hybrid III 6 and Q6 exhibited significantly greater belt reaction loads compared to the pediatric volunteers, which exhibited greater seat pan shear. Compared to children, the Hybrid III 6 exhibited increased head rotation and similar head top and pelvic excursion, whereas the Q6 exhibited reductions in all three metrics. The Hybrid III 10 and Q10 ATDs exhibited reaction loads similar to the volunteers; however, excursions and head rotation were significantly reduced compared to volunteers. All pediatric ATDs exhibited significant reductions in C4 and T1excursions compared to the volunteers, likely due to the rigidity of the ATD thoracic spine. These analyses provide insight into aspects of ATD biofidelity in low-speed crash environments and illustrate differences in responses of the Hybrid III and Q-series pediatric ATDs.
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    ABSTRACT: Quantifying the kinematics of the human spine during a frontal impact is a challenge due to the multi-degree-of-freedom structure of the vertebral column. This papers reports on a series of six frontal impacts sled tests performed on three Post Mortem Human Surrogates (PMHS). Each subject was exposed first to a low-speed, non-injurious frontal impact (9 km/h) and then to a high-speed one (40 km/h). Five additional tests were performed using the Hybrid III 50(th) percentile male ATD for comparison with the PMHS. A 3D motion capture system was used to record the 6-degree-of-freedom motion of body segments (head, T1, T8, L2, L4 and pelvis). The 3D trajectories of individual bony structures in the PMHS were determined using bone-mounted marker arrays, thus avoiding skin-attached markers and their potential measurements artifacts. The PMHS spines showed different behavior between low and high speed. While at low speed the head and upper spinal segments lagged the lower portion of the spine and pelvis in reaching their maximum forward displacement (time for maximum forward head excursion was 254.3±31.9 ms and 140.3±9 ms for the pelvis), these differences were minimal at high speed (127±2.6 ms for the head vs. 116.7±3.5 ms for the pelvis). The ATD did not exhibit this speed-dependant behavior. Furthermore, the ATD's forward displacements were consistently less than those exhibited by the PMHS, regardless of the speed. Neck loads at the atlanto-occipital joint were estimated for the PMHS using inverse dynamics techniques and compared to those measured in the ATD. It was found that the axial and shear forces and the flexion moment at the upper neck of the PMHS were higher than those measured in the ATD.
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