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2 November 1999
For Immediate Release

APL to Build Sled Test Facility as Part of NHTSA Contract

As part of a five-year (one base year, four option years), $2.7 million contract with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, APL will build an on-campus Transportation Safety and Biomechanics Research Center, including a deceleration sled test system, to help gain a better understanding of injury-causing mechanisms in highway vehicle crashes.

"Along with sled tests that simulate the dynamics of vehicle collisions, we'll be using advanced computer modeling and laboratory testing to help NHTSA develop improved injury criteria and better safety regulations," says APL Director for Transportation Dennis Kershner. Mike Kleinberger, Jack Roberts, and Matt Bevan will be the leads in this important new research area.

The Laboratory's mechanical and biomechanical expertise will be supplemented through collaboration with the Johns Hopkins schools of Medicine, Engineering, and Public Health. Other research team members include the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center and the National Study Center for Trauma and Emergency Medical Service.

In addition to biomechanical research, APL will also be working with NHTSA to design and test next-generation crash test dummies and advanced instrumentation.

"I anticipate that this core injury research program will lead to associated work from other customers, including the Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Justice, and members of the automotive industry," Kershner says.

The Applied Physics Laboratory is a not-for-profit laboratory and division of The Johns Hopkins University. APL conducts research and development primarily for national security and for nondefense projects of national and global significance. APL is located midway between Baltimore and Washington, D.C. in Laurel, Md.

Media contact:

JHU Applied Physics Laboratory
Helen Worth
Laurel, MD 20723
Phone: 240-228-5113