The following streaming and downloadable simulation movie files were produced using the integrated video interface of the Playback Editor. The simulations present only a small portion of the potential applications of the physics programs available for HVE, HVE-2D and HVE-CSI.
You should also visit the HVE Software YouTube Channel and the HVE Users YouTube Channel for additional content. (Note: Conversion to format suitable for YouTube may have resulted in diminished quality, but you can still get the idea of the capabilities and application of HVE for motor vehicle crash reconstruction.)
Streaming Videos - To view a video, click on the controls for the selected video to play it within this page.
Curb Impact - A Ford F-150 pickup towing a heavily loaded utility trailer fails to obey a stop sign and crashes into the driver's side of a Suzuki Grand Vitara SUV crossing through the intersection. The impact causes the SUV to rotate and skid until the right rear tire sidewall impacts a curb, tripping the SUV. It rolls over, coming to rest on its side in a grassy field. For a full reconstruction of this 12 second crash sequence, visit www.edccorp.com/curbimpact
Wheel Impact - A Peterbilt 2-axle tractor pulling double belly-dump trailers uphill over a narrow bridge crossed the centerline in front of an approaching Ford sedan. Both drivers reacted, but impact occurred between the left, rear tractor drive wheels and the left, rear corner of the Ford sedan. For a full reconstruction of this 8 second crash sequence, visit www.edccorp.com/wheelimpact
Stability Control - An SUV was traveling about 5 mph above the posted speed limit on a slight downgrade as it entered a curve. It had been raining; the driver lost control and left the road. Would a stability control system have prevented the crash? For a full reconstruction of this 13 second crash sequence, visit www.edccorp.com/StabilityControl
Hydroplaning - An SUV was traveling on a 2-lane mountain road at 55 mph as it entered a downhill curve to the right. The cut bank exposed a natural spring and the road surface in the curve was covered with a thin layer of water. As the vehicle traveled across the wet region it began to sideslip and lose control. For a full reconstruction of this 8 second crash sequence, visit www.edccorp.com/Hydroplaning
Bullitt - A 1968 Mustang GT, driven by Lt. Frank Bullitt, is chasing a 1968 Dodge Charger R/T, driven by a man known only as "The Killer", down Taylor Street on Russian Hill in San Francisco. For a full reconstruction of this 46 second chase sequence, visit www.edccorp.com/bullitt
Multiple Impact - A 2005 Ford 500 SEL was northbound on a two-lane highway approaching a bridge when it drifted onto the shoulder and collided with a bridge abutment, coming to rest in the northbound lane. A 1997 Land Rover Discovery was following the Ford and collided with it. The second collision sent the Land Rover into the oncoming lane, where it collided with a southbound Freightliner Columbia pulling a set of doubles. For a full reconstruction of this 17 second crash sequence, visit www.edccorp.com/MultipleImpact
Passing Maneuver - A 2002 Honda Accord LX V-6 4-Dr was westbound on a two-lane highway with a 1% uphill grade. The Honda was following a 1977 Mack 685 ST truck tractor towing a loaded 45 ft. semi-trailer at a speed of 30 mph. The driver of the Honda wanted to pass. For a full reconstruction of this 12 second passing maneuver, visit www.edccorp.com/PassingManeuver
Chain Reaction - Several cars were stopped at the only traffic signal in a small town near Lincoln, Nebraska. A Chrysler van approaching the intersection failed to notice the stopped cars and plowed into the back of the rear vehicle, causing a chain reaction collision. The front vehicle was pushed into the intersection and struck a trailer being towed by a pickup. For a full reconstruction of this 6 second crash sequence, visit www.edccorp.com/ChainReaction
Secondary Impact - A 1984 Ford F-150 pickup towing an empty utility trailer approached an intersection and turned left in front of a 2005 Jaguar S-Type sedan, resulting in a collision between the front of the sedan and the right side of the pickup. A secondary collision occurred between the rear of the sedan and the right side of the trailer. For a full reconstruction of this 7 second crash sequence, visit www.edccorp.com/secondaryimpact
Loss of Control - A 2005 Toyota Camry LE lost control and skidded off a 2-lane road, down a 20 foot embankment, impacted the ground on its left side, rolled over and came to rest on its wheels. For a full reconstruction of this 13 second crash sequence, visit www.edccorp.com/lossofcontrol
Downloadable Simulation Movies (Prior to Version 6)- The files have been converted from AVI to QuickTime format for display on this page. There may have been some loss of quality and image size during this process. Although HVE outputs a full-sized NTSC video window, the view on your computer may be rather small. These movies are for general illustration purposes only, and do not reflect any opinion regarding any specific event.
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DyMESH 3-D Collision Simulation
This simulation is from a SIMON with DyMESH simulation of an angled collision between a 1992 Ford Explorer and a 1984 Ford F-150 pickup.
DyMESH 3-D Collision Simulation
This simulation is from a SIMON with DyMESH simulation of an angled collision between a 1974 Chevrolet Malibu and a 1974 Ford Pinto. This simulation is RICSAC Test No. 1 as conducted by Calspan as part of the RICSAC Staged Collision Study.
DyMESH 3-D Collision Simulation
This simulation is from a SIMON with DyMESH simulation of an angled collision between a 1974 Chevrolet Malibu and a 1974 Ford Pinto. This simulation is RICSAC Test No. 2 as conducted by Calspan as part of the RICSAC Staged Collision Study.
DyMESH 3-D Collision Simulation
This simulation is an illustration of a SIMON with DyMESH simulation of an offset barrier crash test. The Ford Explorer is driven into the barrier at 35 mph. The moving camera view used in this movie is from HVE v5.00, where the camera has been assigned to follow the approach of the Explorer into the barrier.
DyMESH 3-D Collision Simulation
This simulation is an illustration of an underride collision between a 2002 Acura 3.2TL and a School Bus. The driver of the School Bus is stopped at the intersection, with their foot resting lightly on the brake pedal. The inattentive driver of the Acura reacts too late and applies hard braking in an unsuccessful attempt to avoid running under the back of the bus.
Motorcycle Collision Simulation This simulation is a simple, straight-forward application of EDSMAC4 to simulate the pre-collision phase of a motorcycle collision. For more information, please refer to the Technical Session of the June 2001 EDC Technical Newsletter.
EDVDS Alternate Ramp Traversal Simulation
This simulation illustrates the use of EDVDS for design evaluation. The combination vehicle (truck with empty trailers) is undergoing an alternate ramp traversal test at a speed of 30 mph. The purpose of the test is to study the effect of torsional frame compliance on vehicle handling. The ramps are 9 ft long and 1 ft high.
EDVDS Tractor-trailer (Triples) Rollover Simulation
This EDVDS simulation shows the same Freightliner FLD-120 towing three trailers at 55 mph. In this case, the vehicle is heavily loaded, and responds to a heavy sinusoidal steering input.
EDVSM Staged Rollover # 1 - Stunt Show
This event shows a rollover simulation using EDVSM. A Buick Skylark is approaching a ramp at 65 mph in a hard right turn. As it hits the ramp, the vehicle quickly rolls over, flipping and rolling several times. The simulation shows the vehicle coming to rest on its wheels with body damage to the roof and front end.
EDVSM Staged Rollover # 2 - FMVSS 208 Rollover Test
This EDVSM simulation is of a FMVSS 208 test of a Chrysler New Yorker. The vehicle was placed on a dolly at an initial roll angle of 28 degrees. The dolly moves at a speed of 30 mph and stops suddenly, causing the vehicle to separate and experience an initial lateral velocity of 30 mph. The major roll moment occurs when the vehicle's right-side tires contact the pavement with a tire slip angle of 90 degrees, thus inducing the rollover. This simulation is played at 1/2 real-time speed. For more information about this simulation, refer to "Applications and Limitations of 3-Dimensional Vehicle Rollover Simulation"
EDVSM Real-world Crash Involving an Off-road Rollover
This EDVSM simulation illustrates the EDVSM body model for studyng a real-world, off-road rollover. A 1998 Volkswagen Jetta loses control while traveling at 47 mph on a downhill curve resulting in the vehicle leaving the roadway. The vehicle travels over the sidewalk and down an embankment into the lower parking lot. The rollover occurs as due to significant vertical tire forces at the left front tire at the same time the vehicle sideslip angle was approximately -45 degrees. For more information about this simulation, refer to "Applications and Limitations of 3-Dimensional Vehicle Rollover Simulation."
EDSMAC4 Staged Collision Simulation
This EDSMAC4 simulation shows a staged side-impact crash test between a Ford Thunderbird and a Chevrolet Celebrity. The Ford Thunderbird started from a rest position and accelerated up to a speed of 35 mph prior to impact. A Chevy C-10 pickup was used to push the target vehicle up to a 10 mph pre-impact velocity.
Combined Simulations Crash Sequence
This example combines EDSMAC4, EDVSM and EDVDS simulations together to create a complex crash sequence involving passenger cars and a commercial vehicle. EDSMAC4 was used to simulate the 3-car crash and resulting vehicle damage. EDVSM was used to simulate the post-impact motions, including airborne vehicles off the cliff. EDVDS was used to simulate the steering and braking avoidance maneuvers of the commercial vehicle.
EDSMAC4 Multi-vehicle Intersection Crash (Overhead View)
Although this crash would probably not happen in real life (we hope!), this simulation reveals the raw power
of EDSMAC4. The user spent only about 10 minutes to set up and execute this entire multi-vehicle crash sequence, and another 30 minutes to produce the video.
S-turn (lane change) Maneuver Simulation
This simulation shows a vehicle performing a lane change manuever using the HVE Driver Model to follow a predetermined path. The vehicle is a Generic Class 3 Passenger Car traveling at 55 mph. The forward acceleration of the vehicle is 0.1g. The path curvature is 1132 feet. The lane change manuever occurs over a 3 second time span, preceded by 1 second of acceleration. For more information about this simulation, refer to "The Simulation of Driver Inputs Using a Vehicle Driver Model"
Winding Road Simulation
This simulation shows the use of the HVE Driver Model to determine driver inputs required to follow a long and winding road. The desired path for the vehicle is indicated by the target vehicle images. The tractor is towing a loaded 45-ft semi-trailer. This is a good example of an attempted maneuver that the vehicle is not able to perform at the given speed and steering correction rate, as suggested by the large path error. For more information about this simulation, refer to "The Simulation of Driver Inputs Using a Vehicle Driver Model"
EDVSM Handling Simulation Over Irregular Terrain
This EDVSM simulation shows a VW Cabriolet driving down a hill and turning right onto another road.
These roads were created using a total station survey and downloaded into HVE. It took a total of about 45 minutes to set up the simulation, execute it and produce the video output.
GATB Head-on Collision, Unrestrained Occupant Simulation This GATB simulation shows an unbelted occupant's response during a 15 and 20 mph head-on collision.
GATB Head-on Collision, Restrained Occupant Simulation This GATB simulation shows the same head-on collision as the previous simulation (see above), except the occupant is wearing a lap/torso restraint system.
GATB Occupant Ejection This GATB simulation shows the driver of the vehicle being ejected out the open passenger door due to the combination of the impact of the vehicle into a pole and the impact of the left rear wheel with the curb.
GATB Occupant Simulation This GATB simulation shows an unbelted occupant's response to an side impact crash . The body of the vehicle has been removed to allow the clear visualization of the motions of the passenger against the potential contact surfaces during the crash.
GATB Pedestrian Impact Simulation This GATB simulation shows the motion of a pedestrian from being struck by a Dodge Dakota pickup traveling at 15 mph.
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