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Stress Limitations of the Human Body~Research Results From Aerospace Investigations
Published December 04, 2000 by Fraunhofer Institut Chemische Technologie in Germany
Event: Airbag 2000
Investigations on the effects of acceleration on the human body have become a traditional research topic in aerospace medicine with the introduction of high-performance aircraft before and during World War II as a military necessity to win or at least survive air combat. Furthermore, with the technical ability to leave the atmosphere of the earth, and reach stable orbits in space, a necessary prerequisite for early astronauts was the ability to withstand the accelerations induced by powerful rocket engines for prolonged periods of time; a number of high-performance human centrifuges have been constructed for just this purpose. But of course, there was also the necessity to deal with the high-impact crash situation, quite similar to the automotive research community.