A Study of Kinematics of Occupants Restrained with Seat Belt Systems in Component Rollover Tests
An experimental study was conducted using a dynamic rollover component test system (ROCS) to study the effects of activating a pyro-mechanical buckle pre-tensioner and an electric retractor on the driver and front right passenger head and pelvis excursions. The ROCS is a unique system capable of producing vehicle responses that replicate four distinct phases of a tripped rollover: trip initiation, roll initiation, free-flight vehicle rotation, and vehicle to ground contact. This component test system consists of a rigid occupant compartment derived from a mid-size SUV with complete 1st row seating and interior trim, a simulated vehicle suspension system and an elastic vehicle-to-ground-contact surface. The ROCS system was integrated with a Deceleration Rollover Sled (DRS). Dynamic responses of the ROCS system, including both the rigid compartment and occupant, were measured and recorded.