The passive safety laboratory has a team of specialists with extensive experience and facilities in Vigo, Spain and Frankfurt, Germany. It has a new dummy, the THOR 50th percentile M, which completes the testing capacity according to regulations and NCAPs applicable in all world markets.
THOR 50M is the dummy that best represents real human anthropometry in the event of frontal and oblique impacts, and allows a more accurate measuring of biomechanical damage than Hybrid III dummies, widely used as regulations and NCAPs standard.
The biofidelity of THOR, compared to Hybrid III 50th dummies, has been improved in many aspects: neck, thorax and shoulder imitate with greater fidelity the flexibility and interaction of the body, and measurings that allow calculating new head injury criteria BRIC (BRain Injury Criterium) have been improved. In addition, the instrumentation associated with the measuring of the rib cage deflection which in Hybrid III dummies is measured at one point and one axis, uses, in the case of THOR, four 3-axis IR-TRACC sensors. The result is a dummy prepared to develop safer restraint systems and which allows predicting injuries on vehicle occupants in the event of frontal and frontolateral impacts more precisely.
The THOR 50M dummy has been included by Euro NCAP and Australian NCAP for the frontal tests with a new mobile barrier, the MPDB (Mobile Progressive Deformable Barrier) applicable from 2020 onwards, which will replace the traditional frontal crash with deformable barrier. Its incorporation into the full frontal and OMDB (Offset Moving Deformable Barrier) impacts of US NCAP will take place soon and its progressive incorporation in the coming years is foreseeable for the rest of NCAPs in the world.