Winterthur, July 2023 - Kistler and Cellbond are launching the new THOR-5F ATD crash test dummy featuring a complete measuring chain. The model corresponds with the fifth percentile of the adult population – only five percent of all adults are smaller and lighter than the dummy. THOR-5F ATD consists of 250 separate components and, thanks to its adapted neck, clavicle and pelvis design, closely matches the human anatomy. Kistler developed the compact DiMod 1.6 digitizing module to accommodate geometries that are smaller than the standard THOR-50M. This enabled engineers to increase the number of signal channels to a maximum of 288 and to ensure a higher integration density in data acquisition.
For more than 25 years, Kistler has been delivering high-precision measurement results in the field of vehicle safety. Cellbond and Kistler have now created a new-generation THOR (Test Device for Human Occupant Restraint) based on drawings published in 2019 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) in the USA. The THOR-5F is the successor to the Hybrid III 5th Percentile ATD. It corresponds with the fifth percentile of passengers in crash tests and enables a more realistic simulation of frontal impacts, particularly with female vehicle occupants who are smaller and lighter than the average person. The independent European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) recommends implementation of the THOR-5F for future crash tests, presumably from 2029.