Webinar: A Comparison of European and US Crash Testing Programmes


Thursday, April 23, 2020
10:00 -11:00 a.m. CT

 Legal and consumer crash test requirements have been driving car occupant protection design for 50 years. They evolved from initial rudimentary test requirements to the complex programmes which now form a significant part of the vehicle design process. Despite the early collaborative efforts of the Experimental Safety Vehicle programmes in the 1970s, we have seen, in recent times, a divergence in the approach to crash testing between Europe and the United States, and this presents a challenge for vehicle manufacturers, especially those that produce ‘World Cars’.

This seminar will examine the differences (and similarities) between European and US crash testing by describing the historical development, current programmes and proposed future developments. Additionally, it will offer insight into the philosophy behind the programmes and their effectiveness in the real world of crashes.

Most crash test programmes around the world are based on either US or European requirements, or a mixture of the two. In this respect, the seminar should appeal to a potentially wide international audience ranging from vehicle safety engineers, medical professionals and policy makers to legal professionals and those conducting research in vehicle safety.

This webinar is available to AAAM Members (all member types) at no cost. There is a charge of $50 (USD) for non-members. Pre-registration is required.


Richard J. Frampton, PhD is Senior Lecturer in Vehicle Safety at both the Design and Engineering Schools of Loughborough University, and a Visiting Professor at the Transportation Research Institute of Hasselt University. Prior to this, he served for several years with Ford Environmental and Safety Engineering, developing global safety information for new vehicle program teams.

 Dr. Frampton is a Fellow of AAAM and has contributed papers to the annual conference since 1993. Over the years, he has served on a wide range of AAAM committees, some for multiple terms, and helped organise annual conference symposia. He was given the A. J. Mirkin Service Award in 2009 and the Donald F Huelke Lifetime Award in 2019.

Richard’s research focuses on the design of passive and active safety engineering, driven by evidence based research. He has published widely on the development of vehicle safety technology and safety regulations, and managed major research grants from European and US motor manufacturers, the UK Government and European Union. Over the past 30 years, Richard has continually championed Traffic Safety as a subject worthy of academic endeavour. To this end, he developed the first UK Master’s degree programme in Road and Traffic Safety and continues to mentor and encourage graduate student research in the field.

 Francisco (Fran) J. Lopez-Valdes (PhD, CAISS), is Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Universidad Pontificia Comillas (Madrid, Spain). He is also the coordinator of the Master’s program on Mobility and Safety. He is Visiting Scholar at the Center for Applied Biomechanics of the University of Virginia. Fran’s research interests are on injury biomechanics and injury prevention. Within AAAM, he is the current President-Elect and has served in different roles in the Board, Scientific Program Committee and Membership Committee. He is also member of the International Research Council on Biomechanics of Injury (IRCOBI).


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