Multiple axial knee impacts and/or a single lateral pelvis impact were performed on a total of 19 cadavers. The impacting surface was padded with various materials to produce different force-time and load distribution characteristics. Impact load and skeletal acceleration data are presented as functions of both time and frequency in the form of mechanical impedance. Injury descriptions based on gross autopsy are given.
The kinematic response of the pelvis during and after impact is presented to indicate the similarities and differences in response of the pelvis for various load levels. While the impact response data cannot prescribe a specific tolerance level for the pelvis, they do indicate variables which must be considered and some potential problems in developing an accurate injury criterion.
Guy S. Nusholtz, Nabih M. Alem, John W. Melvin
University of Michigan, Highway Safety Research Institute
26th Stapp Car Crash Conference (1982)
Twenty-Sixth Stapp Car Crash Conference-P-113, Biomechanics of Impact Injuries and Injury Tolerances of the Abdomen, Lumbar Spine, and Pelvis Complex-PT-47, SAE 1982 Transactions-V91-A, Biomechanics of Impact Injury and Injury Tolerances of the Extremities-PT-56