Few things are geared more to grab our perhaps morbid curiosity than explosions and crashes. But just as they touch us all, so do the prevention of serious injuries. This episode of the on-going science series Grey Matter brings us right up to date with the mitigation of crash damage in various modes of transport. The nose of a high speed train is now specially designed to absorb a heavy impact; cars, trains or aircraft with test dummies are now being replaced by virtual test systems, as the complexities of a collision can now be mapped accurately on a computer. This programme offers a liberal helping of actual and simulated crashes, including a deliberate aircraft crash in theUSAaimed unsuccessfully at testing the effects of a new fuel. But the range of design solutions presented offers reassurance that science and technology is being applied effectively in combating different types of potential injury.
Writers Patrice Goldberg and Erol Cetiner
Producer Patric Goldberg
CRASH SCIENCE is being shown as part of the 2012 European Science TV and New Media Festival at 14:00 on Sunday 15th July 2012. A full festival programme can be found here.