Collision analysis and software


Collision analysis and software is part of De Montfort University BSc(Hons) in forensic collision investigation.

This module surveys the various vehicle dynamics simulations available for collisions and spin out trajectories. The students will be introduced to the main models such as SMAC, HVOSM, PC Crash through various implementations of them e.g. EDSMAC. The assumptions of the underlying models will be explored and the advantages and disadvantages of the various models and implementations analysed. The emphasis will be on an overview of the various models rather than on a detailed derivation and manipulation of the equations for the models

What you will study

Simulations, tyre forces, simple vehicle models including the bicycle model. You will use PC Crash to develop your understanding in these areas.

Entry requirements

You will need to have successfully completed DMU's FdSc in forensic road collision investigation. Equivalent overseas qualifications will be considered.

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Study method

Distance learning.

What you will need

A computer capable of running PC Crash.  AiTS will supply a loan copy of PC Crash for the duration of this module.

Teaching and assessment

Your course tutors will help you with your studies during the course.  They will mark and comment on your coursework assessments.

Whats the qualification

This module is part of De Montfort university's BSc(Hons) in forensic road collision investigation.

How to register

The BSc starts in September of each year. Apply through AiTS.

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The course at a glance

Code: ENGS3001
Credits: 30
Level: 6
Duration: 12 weeks
Type: Distance learning
Assessment: One piece of coursework


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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