Hybrid III 5th Female Neck Test Rotation Measurement 2005-01-0303
Lab to lab differences in the testing of the Hybrid III 5th female dummy neck have led to the same neck passing in one lab and failing in another. Several indicators led to the hypothesis that the neck rotation measurement system is a critical factor in the differences observed. The Transportation Research Center Inc. and Denton ATD Inc. collaboratively conducted tests to understand the nature and importance of any differences obtained when different measurement devices are used.
Dummy testing laboratories today use a neck rotation measurement system consisting of two rotary potentiometers, one attached to the neck/pendulum interface and one attached to the pivot pin which moves with the head of the dummy, plus a linkage between the two potentiometers (pots). The data from the two pots is summed for a total rotation.
Neck testing was performed on two necks (of different manufacture) to investigate the effect of three rotation measurement assemblies' designs and masses.
In this paper the authors present the results of their investigation using digital film analysis as well as data from transducers within the head-neck assembly.