Center Blog

    NFL Puts Up $3 Million to Find Out Who Can Build a Better Helmet

    September 13, 2019

    The competition will bring together manufacturers, engineers and entrepreneurs amid heightened awareness of the risks of repetitive head trauma. “What we’ve heard is there are a number of far-reaching ideas on white boards that folks haven’t been able to prioritize due to current constraints,” said Jeff Crandall, chair of the NFL’s engineering committee and director of the UVA Center for Applied Biomechanics. “The challenge seems to be to find a way we can get them out into the marketplace.”  READ MORE

    Building a Better Seatbelt

    June 20, 2019

    NPR and WMRA Public Radio aired a segment regarding seat belt research conducted at our facility.  The story features Professor Jason Kerrigan, Research Engineers Brian Overby and Patrick Fotlz, and Graduate Research Assistant (and PhD candidates) Hamed Joodaki and Carolyn Roberts.  


    CAB Salutes Our 2019 Graduates

    June 20, 2019

    Congratulations to all the CAB graduates this year! UVA Convocation was a hot and sunny day, but everyone had a good time. Graduating this year were Ahmed Alshareef (BME PhD), Taotao Wu (MAE PhD), Jacek Toczyski (MAE PhD), and Preston Greenhalgh (MAE MS).

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    Ahmed Al-Shareef, PhD, Professor Matt Panzer, PhD, Taotao Wu, PhD

    Dummy Head Tracking Software

    June 10, 2019

    The Dummy Head Tracking (DHT) software (free and open-source) can be used to compute 3D component trajectories of a rigid body from locally-mounted inertial sensors. These inertial sensors include linear accelerometers, angular rate sensors, and angular accelerometers. Even though the software was developed mainly for applications in vehicular crash tests with anthropomorphic test devices (ATD) and the focus was put on the THOR ATD's head (default selection as Body 1 on Screen 1; Figure 1), the DHT package allows for an arbitrary rigid body to be defined as Body 1. As an option, the software enables calculation of 3D component trajectories of an arbitrary Body 2 (e.g. vehicle, ATD’s pelvis, etc.) in the inertial (global) reference system (IRF). When Body 2 is selected, the software computes also the motion of Body 1 in the Body 2's local frame.


    Figure 1. DHT software – Screen 1: Select # of bodies for analysis.

    Funding for this work was provided by the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) under contract #DTNH2215D00004/0001.