Active Research

IMMC Impact Biomechanics

The field of Impact Biomechanics seeks to understand the response of the human body to high-rate loading, and the prediction of injury potential, leading to the development of improved protection for the human body. Tools used in this research include advanced human numerical models, experimental testing and high-rate materials characterization.

Applications include occupant simulation for automotive crashworthiness and the improvement of sports and other protection devices. Collaborations include both industry and government.

Human Body Modeling (HBM)

The University of Waterloo is the Neck Model Center of Expertise (COE) for the Global Human Body Models Consortium (GHBMC).

Vehicle Crashworthiness

Investigations into side impact and vehicle rollover.

Blast Injury

Long history of blast injury research including: landmine protection, thorax blast exposure protection, head protection from blast.


Advanced modeling capabilities to link ballistic protection with advanced human models.

GHBMC 50th Percentile Male Model

Cervical Spine Motion Segment Model Development

Axial Compression and Fracture Segment Simulation

Coupled Vehicle-Human Side Impact Crash Simulation

University of Waterloo

University of Waterloo


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Get in Touch:

Prof. Duane Cronin

PhD, PEng

Canada Research Chair: Trauma Biomechanics and Injury Prevention (tBIP)

CRC Information:


Director: Impact Mechanics and Material Characterization Lab