Euro NCAP Test Protocol Update: Flex-PLI

Jan 23, 2013 - Starting from February 2014, the Pedestrian Protection Safety Assessment by Euro NCAP will be executed by using the Flexible Pedestrian Legform Impactor (Flex-PLI).  

Euro NCAP released their first star rating system dedicated to pedestrian safety in 1997. As it is very difficult to assess pedestrian protection using a full dummy, the rating was based on the adult and child headform tests and two legform tests. In 2009, the pedestrian score became an integral part of the overall rating scheme. The rigid legform impactor defined by EEVC WG17 was used to assess the protection afforded to the lower leg by the vehicle front end. Due to its high biofidelic characteristics along with its excellent leg injury assessment ability, the Flex-PLI is now preferred to the EEVC WG 17 pedestrian legform impactor. Together with the introduction of a new grid Procedure for Pedestrian Head Impacts, the Flex-PLI introduction constitutes the main changes to the protocols for Pedestrian Protection Safety Assessment. Information on the Humanetics Flex-PLI impactor can be found under:

In order to support the development of vehicle systems, Humanetics has released version 2.0 of the Flex-PLI models in LS-DYNA, PAM-CRASH, RADIOSS and ABAQUS in 2012. The models have been developed within a consortium and its organization started preparation targeting an extension of the project to confirm validation to the latest hardware and certification corrections and further increase confidence.

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