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Energy Methods and Damage Analysis
in Traffic Crash Reconstruction
For many traffic crash reconstructionists, the topic of energy can
be intimidating, mysterious or down right scary. Because of this,
reconstructionists shy away from utilizing energy methods in their
analysis. This course will help de-mystify the concept of energy
and present energy-based methods and techniques to use in
analyzing traffic crashes.
During the course, you will learn to view and analyze crashes
from an energy point of view. We will explore energy methods
beginning with the basics and progressing to more advanced
concepts. We will discuss the often-misunderstood topics of
Equivalent Barrier Speed (EBS) and delta-V and you will learn
different ways to analyze collisions, such as damage momentum,
where a traditional conservation of linear momentum may not
be the most appropriate analysis.
We will also explore the topic of crush. We will examine the
basis of the three familiar energy equations that use crush
measurements. Outside projects will provide you with
“hands-on” experience in examining and measuring crash
vehicles and then calculating damage energy and speeds.
This course will help you become more comfortable in utilizing
energy-based methods in your analysis as we examine the
underlying science that computer-based “crash” programs rely
upon. It is an excellent complement to other training courses
that teach you how to use “crash” software.
You should have a firm understanding of the topics of traffic
crash reconstruction and conservation of linear momentum as
well as strong basic math skills.
• Standards, measurements and dimensional analysis
• Understanding and using conversion factors
• Damage momentum and crush analysis
• Crush measuring protocol and measuring techniques
• Outdoor project - interpreting damage and measuring
• Energy concepts and analysis
• Determining appropriate post-impact drag factors
• Understanding EBS and delta-V
• Conservations of linear momentum and delta-V vectors
• Introduction to crush and Hooke’s Law
• Collision analysis using damage momentum
• Understanding and determining stiffness coefficients
• Damage (crush) analysis
• Pole impacts and fracture energy
• Using simultaneous equations to solve in-line collisions
Prerequisite: You must have completed IPTM’s Traffic Crash
Reconstruction course or its equivalent.
Audience: Law enforcement and private traffic crash
investigators, claims adjusters, engineers, attorneys, safety
officers, military investigative personnel