FORCE BALANCE: Application of the Tool for the Determination of Closing Speeds
by Daniel W. Vomhof III, EIT
This is a “Support Page” for an upcoming article to be published by the same title.
At this time, the following is available for download:
|Toyota Yaris Pre-Crash Photographs |
|Kia Rio Pre-Crash Photographs|
|Post-Crash Photographs |
|Video - Full and 1/8 speed
|Crash Scene Documentation|
|Vehicle Data for Rio and YAris as contained in ARC-CSI conference data packet||Rio Damage Measurements||Yaris Damage Measurements||Force-Balance analysis based on Mapped vehicles|
The individual Pre and Post Collision photographs of the vehicles taken by Daniel Vomhof III can be viewed below
Several SAE papers discuss the Force Balance method, among them – 970942 / 1999-01-0079 / 2005-01-1188 and 2005-01-1205.
Background and formula for the calculations can be found in Balancing Collision Forces in Crush / Energy Analysis by Nathan Shigemura and Andrew Rich available from the IPTM Webstore ( http://www.iptm.org/webstore/ ) under Crash Investigation Publications.
A PDF with the above step-by-step approach to using the Force Balance module can be downloaded from:
The PDF has the added pages of the Force Balance for these same two vehicles based on the Ford Mustang’s AVERAGE Crush.
For more on this new program, and to see a sample printout, please download the documents from the following links.