Development of a Rear Facing Child Restraint System Finite Element Model

Principal Investigator: Rajiv Menon, PhD, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

The objective of this study was to begin the process of building the database of child seats by developing a geometrically well-defined rear facing infant seat. Testing of the plastic material was conducted in accordance with ASTM D638-03 standards. A rigid body and finite element-based computational models were developed. The models were exercised in both MADYMO and LS-DYNA. Occupant responses in both models were also comparatively studied.