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Dr Karthikeyan Ekambaram

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Research Associate

Karthikeyan Ekambaram gained a First Class B.Eng (Distinction) degree in Mechanical Engineering from Anna University, Chennai, India and holds postgraduate qualifications from Loughborough University including a Master’s degree in Automotive Systems Engineering and a PhD degree in Ergonomics and Transport Safety.

The objective of his PhD entitled ‘The Potential benefit of SMART Load Limiters in European Frontal Impacts’ was to a) investigate the effect of occupant and crash characteristics on injury severity outcome for front seat occupants in real world frontal crashes, b) develop generic numerical compartment models using MADYMO software c) conduct parametric numerical crash simulations to assess restraint performance, dummy kinematics and injury outcome in different frontal impact scenarios and d) quantify the real world injury reduction benefit of SMART restraints.

He is currently working on two European Commission funded projects in the domain of road safety entitled ‘SaferWheels’ and ‘SafetyCube’.

TTA200 Risk Analysis

TTB100 Systems Reliability Assessment

SaferWheels’ is a European Commission funded project involving 6 European partners. The aim of the project is to gather and analyse powered two-wheeler (PTW) and bicycle accident data from in-depth crash investigation and medical data for those crashes. It includes determining the role of technical defects and human factors on accident causation as well as determining how injuries may have been sustained in these collisions.

SafetyCube (Safety CaUsation, Benefits and Efficiency) a research project, funded by the European Commission under the Horizons 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, in the domain of Road Safety. The primary objective of the SafetyCube project is to develop an innovative road safety Decision Support System (DSS) that will enable policy-makers and stakeholders to select and implement the most appropriate strategies, measures and cost-effective approaches to reduce casualties of all road user types and all severities in Europe and worldwide.

Accident investigation and analysis, Numerical crash modelling, Injury biomechanics, Human factors in transport safety, Naturalistic driving data, and Accident causation.