This course will teach the basics of vehicle crashworthiness and occupant protection along with finite element modeling for vehicle safety designs. Specifically, upon completion of this course, the students should be able to understand the general procedures and state-of-the-art tools to evaluate vehicle crash safety, apply fundamental principles to interpret injury mechanisms, safety concerns, and design benefits in different types of crashes, and assess safety systems using finite element crash simulations. This course will be featured with three projects, including a modeling project, a literature review project, and a group project on vehicle crash safety designs.
No prerequisite is required for this course. However, basic knowledge of finite element analysis is recommended.