1985-02-25

Computer Aided Automobile Accident Reconstruction-Theory, Graphlcs, Animation 850250

Automobile accident reconstruction and vehicular performance problems offer an exciting challenge to the mechanicist. They represent an area where he may apply his expertise in engineering mechanics to solve a common and often complex problem that is familiar to society. The reconstruction of an accident through the use of a mathematical model may not only serve to explain the events and conditions that caused this accident but also provide information which could be beneficial in improving the safety of automobile travel in developing a tool for the technically and non-technically oriented that fits these needs.
The methodology for the development of a modular mini-computer operational mathematical model for automobile accident reconstruction and its verification are presented. Also, the reconstruction of a three car collision that required many of the special features of the model is discussed in detail. Finally, the computer graphics and a real time VCR animation of this accident have also been included.

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