Dynamic Response of the Human Cadaver Head Compared to a Simple Mathematical Model
It is shown that the response of the occiput of a cadaver to sinusoidal vibration input to the frontal bone corresponds closely to that of a simple damped spring-mass system having a natural frequency equal to the first mode frequency of the skull, 0.17 damping factor. The first and third bending mode of the skull occurred near 300 and 900 Hz for both the cadaver preparation with silicon gel filled cranial cavity and the live human head. A second mode was found near 600 Hz in the live human. Head acceleration levels at which opposite pole pressure reached near —1 atm were 170 g and 500–600 g in the human cadaver and live monkey head, respectively, which values are roughly inversely proportional to major intracranial diameters. A method is derived for comparing the impact response of a simple system to a general shaped pulse to that of the cadaver head.