Seminar: Vehicle dynamics and safety research at Coventry University

Submitted by Prof Stefan Kaczmarczyk

Speaker: Mike Blundell, Professor of Vehicle Dynamics and Impact, Centre for Mobility and Transport, Coventry University.

Date: Monday 4th April 2016 New date Monday 11th April

Time: 13:30 – 14:30

Venue: NW101, Avenue Campus
Refreshments will be available before and after the presentation.

vehicle safetyProfessor Mike Blundell will talk about the research he has supervised at Coventry University covering the general areas of vehicle dynamics and safety. The work is diverse and encompasses both the automotive and aerospace sectors. Projects typically involve computer simulation using multibody systems and finite element methods with commercial codes such as ADAMS and Madymo. Individual case studies will be presented covering vehicle handling simulation, automotive and aircraft tyre modeling, automotive occupant and pedestrian protection and work on the European Helisafe project looking at helicopter occupant crash protection. Some recent large projects working with the local niche vehicle sector and the Low Carbon Vehicle Technology Project will also be included.

Prof Mike Blundell, BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD, FIMechE, CEng
Mike Blundell is Professor of Vehicle Dynamics and Impact and has been employed at Coventry University since 1991. He is Head of the Vehicle Dynamics and Safety (VDAS) Applied Research Group and has been recently appointed as Associate Dean in the Faculty of Engineering and Computing. Prior to joining the University he worked for the ship and submarine design department of the Ministry of Defence and for Boeing (Europe). He has industrial and academic research experience in the following subject areas: computer simulation, multibody systems analysis, finite element analysis, vehicle dynamics, crash, safety, impact, tyre modelling and pedestrian impact.
His past and current research projects have focused on the use of industry standard software such as ADAMS and Madymo. Major projects have included a collaborative EPSRC/Airbus project looking into aircraft tyre modeling and a European 6th Framework project considering occupant safety in Helicopter crashes. Recent and current work has involved the Niche Vehicle Project, the Low Carbon Vehicle Technology Project and European funded work modelling the protection of civil infrastructures from terrorist attacks.

Image credit: By Vehicle Research & Testing Center, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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