Motorcycle collisions and dynamics


Motorcycle collisions is part of De Montfort University FdSc in forensic collision investigation.

Motorcycle collisions are common throughout the UK and we tend not to look at them in any specific detail during introductory modules.  Here we take our first in depth look at the subject.

What you will study

The module reviews the various papers that look at the coefficient of friction of upright motorcycles and those which have fallen on their side.

The module looks at the various ways in which the change in velocity can be calculated from the shortening of the wheelbase of the machine.

There is a general discussion on the handling characteristics of motorcycles including high-side and low-side, wobble and weave.

There is a field day during the module during which we will crash motorcycles into a vehicle.

Entry requirements

We assume that you hold a UCPD, City & Guilds or equivalent in forensic road collision investigation. We recommend you have studied Applied maths to get the most from this module.

Pre-module study

Some of the maths will not have been covered at UCPD level but will have been covered in Applied maths. There are no per-reads for this module.

Study method

This module is being run as an 8 weeks distance learning module with one day fieldwork at the airfield.  

What you will need

Your joining instructions list any specific requirements.  General tools include a scientific calculator.  We recommend any Casio with a 'Natural Display'. You will require wet weather clothing for the field day..

Teaching and assessment

Your tutors will help you with your studies during the module.  They will mark and comment on your final exam and coursework.

Whats the qualification

This module is part of De Montfort university FdSc in forensic road collision investigation.

How to register

The FdSc starts in September of each year. Apply through AiTS. If you wish to take this module without registering with the university you may do so however no university accreditation will be give. To take as a standalone check the course calendar for the next presentation and contact AiTS.

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The module at a glance

Code: Part of ENGS2007
Credits: 15
Level: 5
Duration: 8 weeks
Type: Distance learning with one days fieldwork at the airfield.
Assessment: One phase test and two pieces of coursework

Links to FdSc modules

Further maths
Analysis of digital data I
Analysis of digital data II
Computation and collision analysis
Motorcycle collisions
Pedestrian collisions
Vehicle dynamics - PC-Crash


AiTS have been training collision investigators in the UK and overseas since 1996. We are also the UK's main provider of Roads Policing, Prohibitions and Tachograph training in the UK and Ireland.

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