Duane Cronin


Duane Cronin has filed a patent for a deformable energy-absorbing utility pole, which aims to make traffic and lighting poles safer and more stable in accidents. He is working with Polefab Inc. to commercialize the invention. https://uwaterloo.ca/engineering/news/12-engineering-projects-benefit-federal-funding

This research is focused on the development of advanced human-body models with a long-term goal of developing biofidelic (response similar to the human body) and frangible (sustains damage similar to human tissues) finite element HBM. It will interpret experimental and epidemiological data, investigate impact response and injury mechanisms and generate new approaches to mitigate injury. Compute Canada infrastructure is used to calculate the response of human body models to impact (analyzing, for example, what happens to a human in a vehicle collision.) Advanced analyses that incorporate a human and full-vehicle model are used to investigate side-impact response with the ultimate goal of improving side-impact safety and reducing injuries. Last year, some of our research activities included the development, validation and use of a detailed human neck model to investigate whiplash injury mechanisms and traumatic injury. In other work, we developed and used a vehicle/human model to determine the importance of occupant position in the potential for injury. This work was presented at several conferences. The results of this research have the potential to impact Canadians by improving safety and reducing injury. This research would not be possible without Compute Canada infrastructure because the models are too large to effectively run on standard computing platforms. More important, advances in this field require analyzing many different scenarios to understand injury mechanisms and the performance of safety systems. This is only feasible on a large compute cluster such as the Compute Canada infrastructure.