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Physics and Investigation of Vehicle Collisions

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Speaker: Michael Hall MInstP, Head of Research at GBB(UK) Ltd

This lecture will describe the application of fundamental principles of physics to the investigation and modelling of vehicle collisions. When appearing in Civil Court as an expert witness, a Forensic Engineer should have absolute confidence in his or her understanding of the fundamental principles of physics as they apply to vehicle collisions. Any apparent lack of understanding or the inability to explain relevant concepts may be exploited by a barrister working for the ‘other side’ and will not impress the sitting Judge who may ultimately decide the outcome of the case.

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About the Speaker

Mike has wide experience in experimentation and theoretical analysis in many areas of physics and engineering. Mike was employed for a number of years by the forerunner of BAE Systems when it was based at the old Brooklands racing track in Weybridge around the time of Concorde’s development.

Mike spent seven years in the nuclear industry dealing with radiological protection and the analysis of severe loss-of-coolant accidents in nuclear reactors. Worked on the Safety Case for the Sizewell B pressurized water reactor now operating in Suffolk.

Five years teaching and inspiring A-level Physics students in one of the most successful colleges in the UK and over twenty years teaching in the higher education sector to undergraduate and post-graduate students. His specialisms include vehicle dynamics, aerodynamics, thermodynamics, heat transfer and engineering mechanics.


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