Vision and objective


Our vision is to substantially reduce the whiplash injury risk for all vehicle occupants by preparing the ground work and initiate recommendations for future evaluation of the effectiveness of anti-whiplash systems.
Bearing in mind that until today biomechanics research of whiplash injury was predominantly addressing the injury risk of males, ADSEAT will particularly need to extend this knowledge by also considering aspects of female occupants which will result in a computional model of an average female. 


The overall objective of ADSEAT is to provide guidance on how to evaluate the protective performance of vehicle seat designs aiming to reduce the incidence of Whiplash Associated Disorders (WAD). The work concentrates on evaluating the protective performance of seats beneficial to male as well as female motor vehicle occupants. By focusing project resources on the latter group, the influence of gender and any additional factors on whiplash injury risk will be established.

The project aims at establishing the properties for a model of an average female and to implement such properties into a finite element model to be developed by the ADSEAT project. The finite element model is a new innovative research
tool which will be used in conjunction with the currently available rear impact
dummy of an average male, the (BioRID) II, when evaluating enhanced whiplash
injury protection.   

The expected final results

The final expected result of ADSEAT is to provide guidance on how to evaluate the protective performances of seats in order to reduce the risk of whiplash injuries and thereby reduce the socio-economic cost to the European Union for these injuries. It will, for the first time ever, be possible to make such evaluations due to the ADSEAT project.