Body, Chassis, Occupant and Pedestrian Safety, Structure Technical Sessions - Program - WCX™ World Congress Experience

Body, Chassis, Occupant Protection and Pedestrian Safety, Structure Technical Sessions

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Motorsports Engineering

This session focusses on the links between motorsports, the mainstream automotive industry and academia. As such, it is the forum at the WCX where ideas and knowledge involving motorsports can be exchanged between the three communities. This exchange will be accomplished by the use of featured speakers from motorsports, and presentations, both written and oral, of topics deemed to be of relevant interest to the motorsports community in general, and to students and faculty involved in engineering education.

Simulator Aided Engineering

This session will focus on the use of simulators and playback devices that give context to NVH decision making as a part of the full vehicle, sub system and/or product development process. This session will  focus on implementation of tools; success, failures, and needs relating to using simulators; along with future trends based on simulator and playback tools.  The applications of and the latest technology for simulators can also be shared.  
Examples of application topics that can be included in this session are: Relationship between vehicle dynamics and NVH, AVAS development, ADAS development, Ride and comfort evaluations, Sound Development and Sound Tuning, and Target development/cascading

Fire Safety

The fire safety session will focus on current developments in the fields of vehicle fire science, statistics, risks, assessment and mitigation. Papers addressing vehicle design, live-fire tests and fire investigation issues applicable to traditional, electric and alternatively fueled vehicles will be presented.

Automotive Lighting Technology

These papers highlight the interaction of driver vision - which is itself characterized by complexity, flexibility, and high levels of performance—with ever more sophisticated vision technologies to support driver vision. In particular, LED technology continued to advance in the past year, leading to broader lighting applications. Topics covered include lighting design strategy, lighting thermal management, driver fields of view, and characteristics of camera/display systems.

Human Factors in Driver Vision and Lighting

Visual perception continues to be a critical aspect of overall driver performance.  This session offers presentations highlighting new developments designed to provide better support for driver rearward vision, better understanding of how to measure light and its effects on drivers’ eyes, and better understanding of how drivers accomplish the visually difficult task of negotiating intersections.

Human Factors in Driving and Automotive Telematics

As information and entertainment to and from the vehicle (Telematics) become more prolific it is critical to increase our understanding of how the driver understands and uses Telematics functions. Equally critical is how those functions impact the driver. This session will address those issues.

Human Factors in Seating Comfort

Designing vehicles with good ergonomics is one of the many factors needed to achieve high customer satisfaction.  A basic source for comfort (or discomfort) lies in the vehicle’s seats. To design for seat comfort requires knowledge of the size of the driver, the structure of the seat, the position of the seat in the vehicle and the trip duration.  Papers offers in this session could include topics such as seat back angle, vehicle packaging and trip duration.

Active and Automated Driving System Safety

This session will focus on how Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, Active Safety and Automated Driving Systems can yield significant safety benefits from the deployment of existing and proposed systems in the fleet.  Topics will include field effectiveness assessment, safety benefits for projected systems, driver state monitoring, regulatory testing, consumer acceptance, market demand, and the performance of onboard sensors and vision systems in active and automated driving safety systems.

Occupant Protection: Accident Reconstruction

This session focuses on the latest research related to methods and techniques for reconstructing vehicular crashes involving wheeled and tracked vehicles, pedestrians, and roadside features. Emphasis is placed on experimental data and theoretical methods that will enable reconstructionists to identify, interpret and analyze physical evidence from vehicular crashes.

Occupant Protection: Biomechanics

The Biomechanics session presents new research on automotive occupant kinematics, human injury biomechanics, and human tolerance in an automotive environment. This includes new methodologies in the study of human injury, studies of human interaction with occupant protection systems, technological advances in physical and virtual anthropomorphic test devices, and other experimental, analytical and modeling studies on the biomechanics of human injury.

Occupant Protection: Event Data Recorders (EDR)

This session includes the latest research on Event Data Recorders (EDRs) equipped in passenger cars, light trucks, and commercial vehicles (heavy trucks and motorcoaches).  Emphasis is placed on the application, interpretation and use of EDRs in the investigation of motor vehicle crashes.

Occupant Protection: Integrated Safety Systems

This session covers all aspects of integrated active and passive safety systems for enhancing occupant/pedestrian safety in motor-vehicle crashes, including testing, modeling, optimization, and sensing methodologies; effectiveness of driver assists and crash avoidance technologies; Occupant-state technologies; integrated safety designs toward highly AVs.

Occupant Protection: Occupant Restraints (Air Bags, Seat Belts, Knee Bolsters, Child Seats, etc.)

The Occupant Restraints Session contains papers that document new research on the restraint topics of airbags, seat belts, inflatable bolsters/seat belts, knee bolsters, Child Restraint Systems (CRS) and other related areas.  These papers could include several of the following: technology advancements, occupant performance results, field data studies, development/validation methodology / results, CAE/Finite Element methods/results, packaging, and implementation / performance challenges.

Occupant Protection: Pedestrian and Cyclist Safety

The pedestrian and cyclist safety session focuses on research and development efforts aimed at protecting pedestrians and cyclists in the event of vehicle impact.  Papers on injury biomechanics, vehicle design, dummy and impactor development, computational modeling, regulations and consumer assessment testing, active safety and collision avoidance are accepted for this session.

Occupant Protection: Rear Impact, Side Impact and Rollover

This session will have presentations that address advancing the science of occupant safety in vehicle rear impact, side impact, and rollover collisions.

Occupant Protection: Safety Test and Simulation Methods and Applications

This session calls for papers dealing with advances of safety-related state-of-the-art experimental and computer modeling methods towards (1) occupant protection in all impact test modes at full/subsystem/component levels, and weight reductions, and (2) autonomous vehicles. Topics dealing with designs of new vehicle concepts; new vehicle products; occupant counter-measures development; applications of advanced CAE and optimization techniques; characterization and utilization of light-weight materials, and active safety test methods will also be presented

Occupant Protection: Structural Crashworthiness and Occupant Safety

Presentations will cover critical issues in advancing the science of occupant safety in vehicle collisions.

Steering and Suspension Technology Symposium: Steering Topics

The purpose of this session is to provide a forum for presentations on steering related topics as it applies to ground vehicles. Papers for this session will address new approaches in the design, control, testing and simulation of steering systems, as well as integration of the aforementioned in to drivers assistance and autonomous vehicle systems.

Steering and Suspension Technology Symposium: Suspension Topics

The purpose of this session is to provide a forum for presentations on suspension related topics as it applies to ground vehicles. Papers for this session will address new approaches as well as advances in  application of suspension and related technologies.

Tire and Wheel Technology

The aim of this session is to provide a forum to bring together researchers do discuss and disseminate the research on tire and wheel technology.   Examples of topics to this session include (but are not limited to) nonlinear behavior of tires and wheels, static/dynamic stress analysis, nonlinear material modeling, contact stress, impact, noise, vibration, traction, hydroplaning, effect of tires on vehicle performance, rolling resistance, and durability.

Vehicle Aerodynamics: CFD Methods

The Vehicle Aerodyanmic sessions cover the following topics: test facilities, unsteady aerodynamics, fuel economy, cooling airflow, fundamental aerodynamics and aerodynamics development.

Vehicle Aerodynamics: Fundamental Aerodynamics

The Vehicle Aerodyanmic sessions cover the following topics: test facilities, unsteady aerodynamics, fuel economy, cooling airflow, fundamental aerodynamics and aerodynamics development.

Vehicle Aerodynamics: Experimental Technologies & Correlation

The Vehicle Aerodyanmic sessions cover the following topics: test facilities, unsteady aerodynamics, fuel economy, cooling airflow, fundamental aerodynamics and aerodynamics development.

Vehicle Aerodynamics: Vehicle Interaction

The Vehicle Aerodyanmic sessions cover the following topics: test facilities, unsteady aerodynamics, fuel economy, cooling airflow, fundamental aerodynamics and aerodynamics development.

Vehicle Aerodynamics: Motorsports

The Vehicle Aerodyanmic sessions cover the following topics: test facilities, unsteady aerodynamics, fuel economy, cooling airflow, fundamental aerodynamics and aerodynamics development.

Vehicle Aerodynamics: Surface Contamination

The Vehicle Aerodyanmic sessions cover the following topics: test facilities, unsteady aerodynamics, fuel economy, cooling airflow, fundamental aerodynamics and aerodynamics development.

Vehicle Aerodynamics: Rotating Flows

The Vehicle Aerodyanmic sessions cover the following topics: test facilities, unsteady aerodynamics, fuel economy, cooling airflow, fundamental aerodynamics and aerodynamics development.

Vehicle Dynamics, Stability and Control

This session is focused on vehicle dynamics and controls using modeling and simulation, and experimental analysis of passenger cars, heavy trucks, and wheeled military vehicles.  This session addresses active and passive safety systems affecting the yaw, pitch and roll of the vehicle; driving simulators and hardware-in-the-loop systems; suspension kinematics and compliance; steering dynamics, advanced active suspension technologies; and tire force and moment mechanics.

Electric Vehicle Drivetrain Dynamics

This session deals with the analytical and experimental studies of vehicles with electric drives or any non-conventional concepts that stretch the vehicle dynamics/mobility performance using intelligent technologies such as in-wheel motors, torque-vectoring controls, multi-wheel steer-by-wire, etc.

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