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Apr 08

Crash Safety Center makes life-saving research possible

The Q3s is an ATD (or crash test dummy) that represents a 3-year-old-child. It was developed to evaluate injuries to children in side impact crashes.

Q3s crash test dummy

Q3s crash test dummy

A new Q3s anthropomorphic test device (ATD) is the latest equipment addition that continues to make Kettering University’s Crash Safety Center one of the leading facilities in the country for vehicle safety testing and research.

The Q3s is an ATD (or crash test dummy) that represents a 3-year-old-child. It was developed to evaluate injuries to children in side impact crashes. Kettering’s Q3s is one of only four currently in use for industry testing in North America. Its use will be vital to companies attempting to conduct side impact studies in response to newly proposed Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards relating to child restraint systems, which were developed in collaboration with Kettering researchers. Kettering was able to acquire its Q3s thanks to support for corporate partners Autoliv and TRW.

“We ordered our Q3s almost two years ago and just recently received it,” said Dr. Janet Brelin-Fornari, Kettering University professor of Mechanical Engineering and director of the Crash Safety Center. “There is a great need for this in industry right now to test the new standards. Thanks to support from Autolive and TRW, Kettering has everything industry partners would need to assess their products.”

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