Damage and Energy Applications for Collision Reconstruction Course

Damage and Energy Applications for Collision Reconstruction Course

The Damage and Energy Applications for Collision Reconstruction course offers the collision reconstructionist the exposure to the underlying concepts and relationships between damage, energy, delta-v and barrier equivalencies.

Through in-class lecture as well as group and individual exercises, those attending this course will better understand the function and process of vehicle measurement and documentation for “crush” damage and how to find information for and then calculate stiffness coefficients. The history of the core “CRASH3” model and both its assets and limitations as well as a generalized overview of the process of the model are examined. Measurement techniques as hands-on activities and calculation examples are used as in-class activities.

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Main course topics include:

  • Understanding the similarities and difference between BEV, delta-v, and Impact Velocity
  • Damage measuring protocol and techniques
  • Conservation of energy concepts and analysis
  • Damage (Crush Analysis)
  • Calculating, finding, and understanding stiffness coefficients
  • Closing velocity analysis
  • Energy-based delta-v analysis
  • Force balance analysis
  • Optional outdoor project interpreting and measuring damage
  • Optional outdoor project vehicle to fixed object or vehicle to vehicle instrumented crash test or case study/studies

Required Equipment

A laptop computer with at least Adobe Acrobat Reader, a spreadsheet program (i.e.: Microsoft Office Excel), the Window’s calculator installed on the laptop or a scientific calculator. Ideally, administrative rights to the computer for full access to functions. Course materials and course projects are distributed digitally during the course to be read/worked on with your laptop.

Those attending who would like to use their own measuring equipment in a “controlled setting” are encouraged to do so but it is not required.

Check back here before the class start date for potential Damage and Energy Course location updates or changes. We don’t normally make hotel recommendations but, when and if we have suggestions from a class sponsor, they are listed with the class location information. Please see the downloadable course flyer and FAQ section for more.

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Lead Instructor

W. R. Rusty Haight

Director, Collision Safety Institute

Rusty has taught crash reconstruction at the Texas Engineering Extension Service, TEEX, Texas A&M University and, since 2002 as director of the Collision Safety Institute. He has taught CDR related courses since the earliest Vetronix training seminar in 2000 and has conducted extensive EDR specific research.