July 16, 2013
Technical Advancements: High Speed Imaging
Today’s technology has surely come a long way since the days of excitement and intrigue from the first ever release of the portable phone, which was around the size of a grown man’s forearm! In fact, we seem to be moving forward in advancements faster than many can even fathom. It’s easy to say times are changing and we are fortunate enough to have such advancements in our technology which can be used in ways to better our way of life.
From medical achievements to social advancements the technical spectra seems to have a wide range of diversity and flexibility in changing the way our world works and functions. High speed imaging for example, has opened door after door to worlds of genres we may have never been able to understand or fully grasp. From biomechanical analysis all the way to car crash testing, high speed imaging is one technical advancement our scientists and engineers use on a daily basis to determine in factors and data we may have never been able to understand or evaluate without.
The design and function of today’s modern automobile compared to the original make from way back when in the late 1800s is an obvious improvement and example of the pure genius behind the ingenuity and functionality of our current technical and mechanical advancements. Because of the invention and practical implement of high speed images, along with a number of other factors of course, we are able to understand entirely how a vehicle and its passengers will react when and if a vehicle accident occurs. This amazing forefront in safety design and usage allows our automobile designers and engineers to examine, moderate and make the necessary changes needed in order to achieve the necessary safety requirements.
High speed image used in car crash testing, how it works:
During a car crash test there are usually around 15 high-speed cameras pointed in a wide range of directions to ensure that every angle is covered during the actual test crash. Each high-speed camera will shoot roughly 1,000 frames per second. Once the vehicle itself is fully prepared and equipped with the needed tools to accurately read all areas of impact, it is then pulled away for the crash barrier and prepped for the test crash. The car then is pulled down the designated runway by a pulley and will hit at 35 mph for example. The videos taken with the high-speed cameras are able to be slowed down enough in order to accurately view the entire crash and its exact effects on the passengers. This form of testing has saved countless lives and made the vehicles on our roads safe and secure.
Obviously, high speed imagery is not the only form of technical advancement that has helped shape our world as we know it today, but it’s certainly a tool that we have been extremely lucky enough to have had for scientific purposes. The world is changing and we are growing with it, learning and adapting to our surroundings, including our technical advancements.
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