National Crash Analysis Center

GW Virginia Campus The National Crash Analysis Center (NCAC) is a successful collaborative effort among the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and The George Washington University (GW). Chartered in 1992 at GW’s School of Engineering and Applied Science, the NCAC primarily supports the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) strategic goal to reduce fatalities and injuries on the Nation’s roadways, but has served to enhance efforts to improve safety worldwide. The missions of the NCAC include:

  • improving safety by expanding researchers’ knowledge about crashes,
  • developing and sharing the detailed vehicle and hardware models, and
  • leading efforts to apply computer simulation tools to enable researchers to study the complex interactions associated with crashes.
JOBS POSTING
Senior Research Scientist, Research Scientist, and Post-Doctoral Fellow positions in the National Crash Analysis Center.
RECENT HIGHLIGHTS
2012 Toyota Camry model posted (2014-Feb-11)
Occupant models posted (2014-Jan-14)

NCAC research efforts related to the effective deployment of cable median barriers under National Cooperative Highway Research Program Project 22‐25 culminated in the publication of NCHRP Report 711: Guidance for the Selection, Use, and Maintenance of Cable Barrier Systems. This report research documents efforts to develop guidance for highway designers relative to effective installation for a wide range of roadside situations. The NCAC was awarded this contract after several years of research for the FHWA that included the first simulation analyses of cable barriers and full‐scale crash tests of cable barriers in medians. The guidance is expected to be used across the U.S. (12‐Sep‐2012)

PDF On a Roll—NCAC research on frontal crash and rollover featured in Crash Test Technology International, September 2012. (28‐Aug‐2012)
New publications posted to Technical Summaries & Working Papers. (30‐Jul‐2012)
A new finite element model of the 2010 Toyota Yaris is now available for download. (21‐Dec‐2011)
National Crash Analysis Center to lead computer‐simulated testing for advanced crash‐test dummy. (8‑Dec‑2011)
UPCOMING EVENTS & SEMINARS