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Crashworthiness of Low Speed Vehicles

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Date Issued:
2016
Summary:
The Crashworthiness of Low Speed Vehicles is to be determined using a custom built crash testing apparatus. The safety of golf carts is often overlooked because they are considered “low risk” vehicles. The danger of these vehicles lies in the fact that they aren’t mandated to have safety features outside of seatbelts. A test rig that sufficiently tested how these vehicles react under extreme conditions as well as the risk to the occupants was designed and operated through several iterations. The main components of the rig was be a motorized variable speed pulley system, concrete barrier, and a simple quick release mechanism to detach the cart, and crash dummies with sensors to record the experienced acceleration/ deceleration and gyration. The main parameters that were studied in relation to crashworthiness are structural performance, injury measures and dummy movement. It was the goal of the experimenters to show just how important it is to design LSVs with higher safety standards.
Title: Crashworthiness of Low Speed Vehicles.
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Name(s): Cusano, Emma
Francis, Sherwin
Pinto, Michael
Masory, Oren
Office of Undergraduate Research and Inquiry
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Poster
Date Created: 2016
Date Issued: 2016
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Place of Publication: Boca Raton, Florida
Physical Form: application/pdf
Extent: 1 p.
Language(s): English
Summary: The Crashworthiness of Low Speed Vehicles is to be determined using a custom built crash testing apparatus. The safety of golf carts is often overlooked because they are considered “low risk” vehicles. The danger of these vehicles lies in the fact that they aren’t mandated to have safety features outside of seatbelts. A test rig that sufficiently tested how these vehicles react under extreme conditions as well as the risk to the occupants was designed and operated through several iterations. The main components of the rig was be a motorized variable speed pulley system, concrete barrier, and a simple quick release mechanism to detach the cart, and crash dummies with sensors to record the experienced acceleration/ deceleration and gyration. The main parameters that were studied in relation to crashworthiness are structural performance, injury measures and dummy movement. It was the goal of the experimenters to show just how important it is to design LSVs with higher safety standards.
Identifier: FA00005565 (IID)
Subject(s): College students --Research --United States.
Held by: Florida Atlantic University Libraries
Sublocation: Digital Library
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fau/fd/FA00005565
Restrictions on Access: Author retains rights.
Host Institution: FAU