THUMS Carotid Artery Injury Prediction
Farside impact is the term for when a vehicle is struck on the side opposite the occupant. During these types of crashes, the person can move out of the seatbelt and strike other components of the vehicle.
A proposed mechanism to make these types of impacts safer is a shoulder belt on the inside of the car. The THUMS model was used to test several configurations and impact speeds with this type of belt. A carotid artery finite element model developed from a medical imaging study was integrated with the THUMS full body model. From these models, we were able to examine the vessel response to determine which configuration was safer.