IMPACT: A Call to Collaborate
Winter 2011

U.Va. Center for Applied Biomechanics

The Center for Applied Biomechanics (CAB) is the world’s largest universitybased research center studying the biomechanics of injury. It has earned an international reputation for its ongoing research and education in impact biomechanics, computational mechanics, vehicle crashworthiness and crash dummy development.


CAB members are faculty of the U.Va. Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

Standing: Costin D. Untaroiu and Richard W. Kent (joint appointment with Biomedical Engineering). Seated: Jeff R. Crandall (director and joint appointment with Biomedical Engineering). Not pictured: Robert Salzar.

Our multidisciplinary team brings together 50 engineers, physicians, public health professionals and biostatisticians from across the University of Virginia.

Center Thrust Areas

  • Injury biomechanics
  • Automobile safety
  • Blast and ballistics protection
  • Sports biomechanics


  • New state-of-the-art 30,000-sq.-ft. laboratory
  • Dynamic rollover system for full vehicles
  • Feedback-controlled high-speed sled system
  • High-speed motion capture and data acquisition systems

Recent Research Developments

  • Formulated an international standard for pedestrian dummy requirements
  • Improved restraints for an aging occupant population
  • Developed specifications for military helmet design


  • Our external collaborators include:
  • Hongik University
  • University of Alabama — Birmingham
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Navarra
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory
  • U.S. Department of Defense
  • U.S. Department of Transportation

Recent Grants

  • Global Human Body Modeling Consortium Centers of Expertise on the Thorax, Pelvis, Extremities
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Grant on the Biomechanics of Injury and Investigation of Rollover Crashes
  • Crash Injury Research Engineering Network to Investigate Real-World Crashes
  • Defense Medical Research and Development Award for Investigating the Injuries to Armored Vehicle Personnel Subject to Blast

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