Carleton University Crash Dummy

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Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Within the Faculty of Engineering and Design the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering provides students with opportunities to study in the fields of mechanical, aerospace, sustainable energy, and biomedical engineering. The department has over 35 full-time faculty members dedicated to excellence in teaching and cutting edge research. Together with the support of 11 dedicated technical and administrative staff, this provides a stimulating environment for learning, world-class research and innovation.

Fourth Year Student Projects

At Carleton University we recognize the importance of problem based learning and hands-on experience to prepare our students for their future in industry. Our 4th year curriculum includes a two-term project where groups of 20 to 25 students work in teams to apply and enhance their knowledge, design and problem solving skills to real world problems. Each of these projects is supervised by four to five faculty members that are experts in the field which guarantees state of the art solutions and efficient designs. The department is currently running seven different projects covering all the fields of study in our department. Our newest project is the Carleton University Crash Dummy (CUCD).

The Carleton University Crash Dummy

The objective of the Carleton University Crash Dummy Project is to design and build a crash dummy and subject it to different accident scenarios. The CUCD will have sensing capabilities far beyond those of today's commercially available crash test dummies enabling it to predict a wider range of injuries. This will enable us to simulate and analyze a wide variety of accident scenarios including, automotive, low and high impact falls, bicycle accidents, a wide variety of sports injures such as cross-checking in ice hockey and head-on collisions in football.

The Goal

The goal of the Carleton University Crash Dummy Project is to improve upon the existing design and test a Crash Test Dummy by March 2013.
The evolution of the CUCD
We will be improving the Crash Test Dummy from last year, incorporating more sensors into the design and working on redesigning certain components to better suit the goal of the project. The range of accident scenarios and the accuracy of the injury prediction will constantly grow as we continue to improve upon the design.

This year the project aims at conducting two accident scenarios involving a bike and a car. Both are side collisions, the first where the bike hits the car and the second where the car hits the bike.

The Teams

The students in the CUCD project will work in three teams, focusing on different aspects of the Crash Test Dummy. The Biomechanics team will be responsible for the design of the skeletal components and organs that we are monitoring during an accident and will determine the biomechanical behavior and failure loads of the organs investigated in the CUCD. All the parts for the Crash Test Dummy will be manufactured by Mechanical Technician students at Algonquin College. The Simulation and Scene Emulation team will be responsible for planning the accident scenario, designing and manufacturing all the parts required to run the experimental simulation and performing a computer simulation of the accident. The Sensing and Instrumentation team will design and build a robust and resilient data acquisitions system and select and/or manufacture the required sensors. The measurements collected during the accident and the results of the computer simulation, will be used to determine possible injuries sustained by the crash dummy during the simulated accident. 
The Teams will be supported and supervised by faculty members. In addition, weekly meetings and regular design reports ensure that we meet our deadlines and test, simulate and analyze an accident scenario every year.

How to get involved?

The CUCD Team is looking for financial and in-kind support to build and test the Crash Test Dummy. We are also interested in hearing about the real-life problems we might be able to address with this exciting project. This project will have extensive media exposure which makes it an ideal advertising platform.

For more information and sponsorship please contact:

Hanspeter Frei PhD
Associate Professor

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

(613) 520 2600 x5686
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