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COLIZION - Injury prevention from a Vision Zero perspective

Published: 22 April 2006

The research in the COLIZION project is performed in cooperation between Div. of Solid Mechanics at Luleå University of Technology, Emergency and Disaster Medical Centre at Umeå University Hospital and SAAB Automobile. The project is funded by VINNOVA. The project concerns studies of the interaction between man as a biomechanical system and the safety systems of passenger cars.


The aim is to develop and demonstrate development methods for design of passenger safety systems based on minimised biomechanical stresses with use of optimised technical solutions. The research concerns failure mechanisms, biomechanical aspects concerning loading and injury resistance, models and simulation methods for dynamic analyses as well as experimental methods for studies of dynamically loaded systems. The direction of research at LTU is development and evaluation of new safety systems involving evaluation of biomechanic responses as well as traditional mechanics and dynamics. The multidisciplinary character of the project is provided by the research in Umeå University Hospital, which is focused on the biomechanical and medical aspects. The research at SAAB in Trollhättan provides the coupling to new technical solutions for interior safety systems in cars. It is anticipated that these new solutions will involve ultra high strength steel components in the chair and in the floor construction.

Research student: Anders Gavelin
Supervisor: Mats Oldenburg
Assistant supervisor: Hans-Åke Häggblad