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I O N, July -98
SFD in production
made of aluminium
A year and a half has passed since the Safety Follow-up Dummy, SFD, was presented as the result of a project at the Department of Injury Prevention at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden. Since then it has matured from a wooden prototype into an investigating tool made of mainly aluminium - the head, fingers and toes are made of plastic.
All fundamental principles have been proven correct: The dummy is adjustable in height (from 1,5 to 2,05 meters) and width so it can simulate the size of virtually every human body. All joints have a range of movement identical to those of a human being. The basic idea is also the same: To facilitate crash investigations and increase the possibility to understand what caused a certain injury by putting the dummy in the position where the victim was found in the car wreck.
The evolution from idea to product has been possible with the use of CAD/CAM technology and a first batch of dummies has already been manufactured by Flenverken AB in Gamleby on the Swedish east coast. Those dummies are for sale to a very limited number of users who will contribute to the project by sharing their observations from everyday use with the dummy.
Next step is to make another pre-production batch of dummies with the experiences of first users taken into account and the real production will start later this year. The mass-produced dummy will be blue anodised and have a hip area similar to that of an so called H-point dummy.
The SFD:s first public appearance will
take place at IRCOBI (International Research Council on the Biomechanics
of Trauma) at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg September
For further information, please contact:
Safety Follow-up Dummy, SFD, AB
Traffic Safety Research and Engineering,