Institut für Rechtsmedizin



Computational Injury Mechanics

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Dipl.-Ing. Felicitas Lanzl

Mechanical Engineering TU München
Computational Methods

Dipl.-Ing. Raúl Aranda

Mechanical Engineering University of Zaragoza
Personal Protective Equipment

Nikolas Pfeiffer, B.Sc.

Computer Science LMU München

Contact projects:

Prof. Dr. rer. biol. hum. Dipl.-Ing. Steffen Peldschus

Contact recruitment/students:

Eva Nuspl, M.Sc.

 Recent publications

  • G. Bacquaert, C. Bach, D. Draper, S. Peldschus & F. Duddeck (2020) Positioning human body models for crashworthiness using model order reduction, Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering, DOI: 10.1080/10255842.2020.1763321
  • O Zander, M Wisch, J Ott, M Burleigh, S Peldschus, D Hynd. Development and Evaluation of an Upper Body Mass (UBM) for the Flexible Pedestrian Legform Impactor (FlexPLI) and for Incorporation within Improved Test and Assessment Procedures – Results from SENIORS, IRCOBI, Florence, 2019, IRC-19-54
  • Sebastian Büchner, Mirko Junge, Giacomo Marini, Franz Fürst, Sylvia Schick & Steffen Peldschus (2019) A priori prediction of the probability of survival in vehicle crashes using anthropomorphic test devices and human body models, Traffic Injury Prevention, DOI: 10.1080/15389588.2019.1619079
  • Dustin Draper, Andreas Huf, Phillip Wernicke, Steffen Peldschus, The Influence of reclined seating positions on lumbar kinematics and loading in frontal impact scenarios, Proceedings of IRCOBI
  • Philipp Steinert, Therese Fuchs, Raul Aranda, Dustin Draper, Bengt Pipkorn, Steffen Peldschus, Preliminary Biofidelity Evaluation of GHBMC Pedestrian in Full Scale Impact against Generic Vehicle Buck; IRCOBI, Athens, 2018, IRC-18-63
  • Dustin Draper, Nicolas Newell, Phillipp Wernicke, Therese Fuchs, Spyros D. Masouros, Steffen Peldschus, A Comparison of the Compressive Behaviour of Lumbar Intervertebral Discs in Five Human Body Finite Element Models, IRCOBI, Athens, 2018, IRC-18-36

Thesis in Computational Injury Mechanics

Virtual representations of the human body based on the Finite-Element Method (FEM) have considerably gained in importance as complementary tools to conventional dummy models in passive safety divisions of automotive companies. Not only today’s highly advanced safety systems, like new belt configurations or adaptive airbag systems, are further optimized using so-called Finite-Element Human Body Models (FE HBM). The models are also expected to become the method of choice when designing new interior concepts expected in highly automated vehicles (HAV), such as reclined seating positions, or when analysis future crash scenarios. A detailed analysis and prediction of injury mechanics prior and during a crash for a broad variety of impact scenarios is possible with such models, far beyond the capabilities of a conventional crash test dummy.

THUMS_V5_ACTIVE                         THORAX_CONTOUR

© Toyota Motor Corporation and Toyota Central R&D Labs        © LMU

            DUMMY_RS           HBM_RS

                                                         Segura, Fürst, Langner, Peldschus, ESAR 2012


Master Theses or other student’s work within the Group Computational Injury Mechanics of the Biomechanics and Accident Analysis (LMU) unit addressing the application of FE HBMs in automotive applications are regularly offered to students who already gained experiences with FEM (explicit) and who ideally already know or are highly motivated to learn about (injury) biomechanics.

For further information, please contact Eva Nuspl