1988-02-01

Animated Reconstruction of Automobile Collisions Using SMAC 880064

Accident reconstruction encompasses the evaluation of a crash situation from evidence and observations available after the accident. Such evidence includes vehicular damage, property damage, marks, and witness statements. The reconstructionist is responsible for transforming this information into a theory of the accident sequence. In addition to satisfying the evidence and statements, the theory must also agree with the laws of physics which dictate reactions to forces and torques. The computer program presented here assists in this analysis by providing a graphical depiction of the accident scenario. This program is called ANMATE and utilizes simulation results prepared by the CRASH or SMAC program for vehicle motions. A number of features assist in viewing the accident from different points of view, allow the user to stop action, and provide other data presentation formats. A real world example is given.

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