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Applied Injury Biomechanics Laboratory

The mission of the CSULA Applied Injury Biomechanics Laboratory is to advance the state-of-knowledge on the mechanical response of the human body to impulsive loading and to use this knowledge to develop novel technology for injury prevention and forensic investigation.

To fulfill this mission, we:

  • Conduct multi-disciplinary experimental, computational and analytical research
  • Partner with research leaders in industry, academia and government
  • Engage students in all aspects of our work

Current Projects

  1. Development of a portable, universal impact test device for evaluation of sporting and recreational playing surfaces
  2. Evaluation of bone surrogates for use in forensic investigation
  3. Validation of a finite element human body model (HBM) for blunt ballistic head impact
  4. Aircraft seat belt attachment point optimization for occupant crash protection
  5. Child occupant performance assessment of aircraft "Y-type" seat belt configurations
  6. Novel technology for crime scene analysis of high-velocity blood spatter

Faculty

Lab Director

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David E. Raymond, Ph.D.

Phone: (323) 343-4494

Email: draymon@calstatela.edu

Graduate Students

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Carrie LaPonza

M.S. Student - Mechanical Engineering

Email: claponz2@calstatela.edu

Research: Child occupant performance assessment of aircraft "Y-type" seat belt configurations

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Jose Mora

M.S. Student - Mechanical Engineering

Email: jmora3@calstatela.edu

Research: Aircraft seat belt attachment point optimization for occupant crash protection

Undergraduate Senior Design Students

Project Title: Novel technology for crime scene analysis of high-velocity blood spatter

Kevin Tepas

Joel Negrete

Jose Rodriguez

Angela Wu

Capabilities

Experimental
  • Twin-wire drop apparatus (appropriate for standardized helmet testing)
  • DTS SLICE data acquisition system
  • 10,000 lb Robert A. Denton load cell
  • Multiple Endevco and MSI accelerometers
  • 3 - 12k DTS angular rate sensors (ARS)
  • 2 Hybrid III 50th percentile headforms
  • Hybrid III 50th percentile neckform
  • Custom portable, universal impactor
    • Linear impacts
    • Vertical impacts
  • Pneumatic projectile launcher
  • M-1 Master chronograph
Computational
  • Two 6-core HP Z620 Workstations
Software
  • LS-Dyna
  • MADYMO
  • Hyperworks
  • Solidworks
  • Modefrontier
Additional Departmental Equipment
  • Z450 rapid prototyping 3D printer
  • Various universal material testing machines
  • Environmental scanning electron microscope

Contact Us

Applied Injury Biomechanics Lab

David Raymond, Ph.D.
California State University, Los Ang+eles
Mechanical Engineering Department
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032-8153
Phone: (323)343-4494
Fax: (323)343-5004 E-mail: draymon@calstatela.edu

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Darrell Guillaume, Ph.D., P.E. – Chair
California State University, Los Angeles
Mechanical Engineering Department
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032-8153
Phone: (323)343-4490
Fax: (323)343-5004 E-mail: dguilla@calstatela.edu