(Received 31 August 1985; accepted 13 November 1985)
Published Online: July
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Applied forensic engineering in the field of accident reconstruction is often required to determine vehicle speeds in crash and collision cases. One type of automobile crash is that in which a car becomes airborne after being launched from an abrupt change of ground contour. This treatise covers an analysis of speed at launch based on measured distances from a launch surface to the landing point and on the slope of the launch surface. A refinement is introduced accounting for the effect of pitch motion of the vehicle to obtain a more accurate evaluation of speed.
Le Fevre, WF
Consulting engineer, William F. Le Fevre Co. Two Commerce Park Square, Cleveland, OH
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