THUMS(TM) v5.01 @Fraunhofer EMI

Anyone who has ever seen and even experienced a traffic accident will know: Even if one – hopefully – remained uninjured, one is plagued with sore muscles the next day. The reason: We instinctively prepare for the accident in order to protect ourselves. Just before the collision, people tense their muscles, support themselves on the steering wheel, or perhaps even push the brake pedal through. And finally, it is precisely this behavior that influences the outcome of the accident and the nature and severity of the injuries. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for High-Speed Dynamics, Ernst-Mach-Institute EMI have now for the first time investigated occupant safety on the basis of muscle stiffness using virtual crash test dummies.

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Author profile picture Almut Otto is a writer and has over 30 years of know-how in the communications industry. She learned the trade of journalism from scratch in a daily newspaper and in a special interest magazine. After studying communication sciences in Munich, she worked as an international PR manager in the textile, shoe, outdoor and IT industries for a long time. For some years now, she has been concentrating more on her journalistic background. As a passionate outdoor and water sports enthusiast - her hobbies include windsurfing, kitesurfing, SUP boarding, sailing and snowboarding - she is particularly interested in keeping the oceans clean and shaping a sustainable future. In addition, she is always fascinated by the latest developments from the world's hardware and software laboratories.