Nerve injury of whiplash

Start date 01/06/2012
End date The project is closed: 31/12/2015

Simulation and modeling of nerve injury caused by impulsive venous blood pressure during whiplash occurring in rear-end car collisions.

The injury of the dorsal root ganglions (DRG) of the nerves in the human neck has been commonly reported owing to the rear-end collisions of motor vehicles. Research of the DRG-damaged process will be beneficial for designing motor vehicles with high safety. According to our study, one of the potential causes of this damage is the pressure pulse of venous blood that arises from the whiplash motion of the human neck. We have proposed a simplified model for predicting the pressure pulse in regard of the whiplash motion. The results are consistent with the experimental data. We also investigate the damage by simulating the fluid-structure interaction (FSI) between the venous blood and DRG. Our modelling method and simulations show a new angle for understanding the whiplash and are helpful for reasonably controlling whiplash motions.

​Chalmers Area of Advance transport
Japan automobile research institute, Japan. Graz University of Technology, Austria.

Published: Tue 19 May 2015.