Center for Injury Biomechanics Facilities
VTTI Crash Sled Lab
The CIB has extensive on-campus laboratory space at Wake Forest University. A wide range of equipment is available to use in these labs, including tissue storage and handling facilities, instrumentation devices, high speed video setups, modular testing systems, 3D printers, and a drop tower used to simulate impact events.
VTTI Shock Tube Lab
Located in Blacksburg’s Corporate Research Center and administered by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, this lab facility has two state-of-the-art Advanced Blast Simulators (ABS) designed to intrinsically replicate all the key features of blast wave flow conditions, including the negative phase and secondary shock.
VTTI Crash Sled Lab
The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute Crash Sled Lab houses an impact laboratory as well as a high-speed biplane X-ray suite. The centerpiece of this lab is a 1.4 mega newton (MN) ServoSled System crash sled manufactured by Seattle Safety, used primarily in the study of transportation-related trauma with its chief applications found in the automotive environment.
CIB Labs at Virginia Tech
The impact biomechanics labs, located in Kelly Hall at Virginia Tech, host research programs that characterize traumatic brain injury (TBI) in living humans. Data collected describes organ-level response to impact and can be used in computational models of the skull and brain to determine the tissue-level response to impact.
Virginia Tech Helmet Lab
The Virginia Tech Helmet Lab allows researchers to provide unbiased helmet ratings that allow consumers to make informed decisions when purchasing helmets. The helmet ratings are the culmination of over 10 years of research on head impacts in sports and identify which helmets best reduce concussion risk.
CIB Labs at Wake Forest Biotech Place
CIB labs at Wake Forest Biotech Place are fully equipped with mechanical testing equipment, a machine shop, and tissue storage facilities. Faculty and students at Biotech Place also have access to facilities at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine.