Finite Element Models (FEMs) are increasingly used to evaluate occupant response and safety system effectiveness in automotive safety research.[1, 2] These models are validated against experimental tests with known results to evaluate the model’s ability to predict the occupant response. The FEM used for this study was the Total HUman Model for Safety (THUMS). The occupant thorax model has already been validated in three basic thorax loading conditions.[3] The hypothesis of this study was if the model had been successfully validated in these simplified configurations, additional loading conditions that involve a more complex load path should also follow the experimental response.

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