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Injury Biomechanics

A biomechanical engineering analysis combines the principles of mechanical engineering and biology to evaluate how the human body is injured.  Our entire biomechanical engineering staff has formal education and professional training in both engineering and biological/anatomical sciences. In addition, BRT biomechanical engineers have extensive practical experience in the field of injury biomechanics, having conducted hundreds of tests with human subjects and anthropomorphic test devices (crash test dummies). Crash tests have included vehicle-to-vehicle, impactor-to-vehicle, and vehicle-to-barrier testing.  During these tests the occupant(s) of the vehicle are instrumented with various sensors and video of the event is captured.  The collected data can then be used to evaluate the injury potential associated with the collision.  Similarly, events involving objects falling on or striking a pedestrian have been analyzed in a similar manner.       


BRT maintains one of the most comprehensive libraries regarding human response to various acceleration fields.  Our library includes relevant research from military, automotive, aeronautical, medical, and engineering sources.  In addition to our extensive reference library, BRT biomechanical engineers have contributed to the field of knowledge in injury biomechanics through publication of original research.    


Our biomechanical engineering staff has decades of combined experience in the biomechanical analysis of human movement and traumatic incidents.  In addition to the wealth of existing biomechanical research data available to BRT biomechanical engineers, our unique in house test facilities provide the ability to evaluate the circumstances of a particular incident through state-of-the-art physical testing. Our comprehensive approach is designed to provide our clients with the most reliable and scientifically-based evaluations.


Injury Biomechanics services:

  • Injury causation analysis

  • Low-speed injury analysis

  • Occupant restraints and protection systems

  • Seat belt use analysis

  • Occupant kinematics

  • Amusement park biodynamics and injury analysis

  • Pedestrian and bicycle impacts

  • Helmet and protective device investigations

  • Human subject and surrogate testing

  • Slip, trip and fall accidents

  • Human motion modeling and simulations

  • Foreign object impact analysis and testing

  • Sport related injuries

  • Assault analysis



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