Venue: The Westin St Francis Hotel

Location: San Francisco, California, United States

Event Date/Time: Jul 14, 2004 End Date/Time: Jul 16, 2004
Registration Date: Jul 14, 2004
Early Registration Date: Jul 13, 2004
Abstract Submission Date: Dec 24, 2003
Paper Submission Date: May 14, 2004
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Conference theme

With the ever-increasing demand for mass transport by road, rail, air and sea, so is the potential for accidents and equipment failures. The resultant human injuries and damage to property present a massive burden on society. Thus scientists and engineers face an increasing challenge of finding solutions that greatly improve transport safety.

The objective of this conference is to encourage scientists and engineers meet this challenge by providing a valuable forum in which they can present and discuss their work in this most important field of crashworthiness.

Since their inception at Dearborn, USA, in 1998, the International Crashworthiness Conferences have become a well-recognised platform for engineers, bioengineers, designers and researchers in the field of structural crashworthiness and impact biomechanics.

The ICrash 2004 debates will focus on advanced crashworthy structures and impact energy management, new concepts in restraint systems, new occupant mechanics hypotheses and improved surrogate biofidelity, new definitions of pedestrian mechanics, and new test approval procedures based on real world accident data and, as usual, will reflect the ever increasing importance of computer modelling and its validation.

Significant reductions in injuries and damage will only be achieved through tackling crashworthiness problems, head-on, and cooperation in developing new technologies leading to the development of better mobile structures. Your participation in the debates at the ICrash 2004 conference will make a valuable contribution in this regard.

Conference scope

The conference will address five distinct areas of crashworthiness expertise in separate sessions.

Session 1 Structural Crashworthiness
Road and Rail Vehicles, Air and Spacecraft, Ships and Submarines

Session 2 Impact Biomechanics
Vehicle Occupants, Cyclists and Pedestrians

Session 3 Safety Systems and Materials
Vehicle Occupant Restraints, Energy Absorbers, Metallic and Composite Materials

Session 4 Accident Survey and Reconstruction
Real World Database and Realistic Regulations
Type Approval Tests and Customer Rating Systems

Session 5 Modelling
Simulation and Validation

ICrash 2004 Conference San Francisco July 14-16, 2004

Distinguished conference scientific faculty

Co - Chairman - E.C. Chirwa The Bolton Institute, UK
Co - Chairman - F.A. Bandak The George Washington University, USA
United States Department of Transportation

W. Abrmowicz Impact Design, Europe, Poland
J.A. Ambrosio Institute Superior Technico, Portugal
N.E. Bedewi The George Washington University, USA
R.H. Grzebieta Monash University, Australia
H. Hamada Kyoto Institute of Technology, Kyoto, Japan
E. Haug Engineering Systems International, France
T. Khalil General Motors, USA
C. Kindervater DFL, Germany
A.G. Mamalis National Technical University of Athens
D. Otte Medical University Hannover, Germany
M.M. Sadeghi Cranfield Impact Centre, UK
J.J. Quartuccio Navair, USA

Presentation of papers

Authors are invited to submit papers, for oral presentation in English, in any of the fields of expertise included in the conference scope.

Authors are required to submit typed abstracts of 200 to 400 words to the Conference Manager by
31 October 2003. Figures, graphs and tables should not be presented at this stage. The abstract title format should be as per the following example:

Carbon Skinned Aluminium Foam Nose Cones for High Performance Circuit Vehicles
Automotive Engineering, Department of Engineering and Safety, Bolton Institute, Deane Road, Bolton, BL3 5AB, UK
E.C.Chirwa, J..Latchford, P. Cavell

The abstracts will be reviewed and, subject to approval, notices of acceptance will be issued by
31 November 2003.

Full manuscript submission will be needed by 28 March 2004.


All papers accepted for presentation will be published in the Conference Proceedings to be issued to delegates at no extra cost.

Following the conference, the keynote speeches and refereed selected papers will be published in The International Journal of Crashworthiness.

Conference exhibition

An exhibition will be held at the conference venue giving a valuable advertising and promotional opportunity for manufacturers, research organizations and other interested agencies.
ICrash 2004 Conference San Francisco July 14-16, 2004

Please indicate your anticipated involvement in the ICrash 2004 conference and return this form to:-

James Latchford (The conference Manager) Telephones: 44 (0) 1204 90 3126
ICrash 2004 Conference 44 (0) 1204 90 3073
Department of Engineering & Safety Facsimile: 44 (0) 1204 38 1107
Bolton Institute Email:
Dean Road
Bolton, BL3 5AB
United Kingdom


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