Engineering Aspect of Automobile Accident Reconstruction Using Computer Simulation

    Volume 30, Issue 3 (July 1985)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Published Online: 1 July 1985

    Page Count: 8


    Vossoughi, J
    Assistant to Dean, School of Engineering and Architecture, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC

    Chi, M
    President, Chi Associates, Inc., Arlington, VA

    (Received 5 December 1983; accepted 22 October 1984)

    Abstract

    Using engineering principles including laws of conservation of energy and momentum, automobile accidents involving two or more cars can be reconstructed. The information obtained in a field investigation and the police report is used as input to a microcomputer. Execution of a program developed specifically for such purposes yields a sequence of events that must have taken place resulting in the accident. The program employs the post-impact information and pre-impact headings of the vehicles to determine the pre-impact velocities of the cars. Computer-aided investigation is of paramount interest to law enforcement agencies, insurance companies, and trial lawyers.


    Paper ID: JFS11014J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS11014J

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