A FRIENDLY man named Graham is designed to be the sole survivor of a car crash.
He has built-in “crown zones” in his skull, a barrel-shaped ribcage surrounded by fatty tissue, and individual air sacs between his ribs.
About 165,000 people die in car accidents every year and while vehicles are getting safer, if we develop certain new features we can eliminate seat belts altogether. full and limited speed.
While he may not have much to look at, Graham will likely be the safest man on Earth.
He’s not a real-life mutant from some sci-fi story, but a “robot” sculpture created by Australia’s Transport Accident Commission.
As cars and other vehicles become faster and faster, the human body has not yet evolved to survive high-speed collisions.
Graham was created to have all the body parts a person needs to survive a severe crash without safety technology in the vehicle.
Aside from his large head with wrinkled abs, he also lacked a neck, a sunken nose, an airbag between each rib, and extremities contorted in all directions.
The odd-looking model is made from fiberglass, silicone and human hair, and was created by Melbourne-based artist Patricia Piccinini.
He was designed in collaboration with Melbourne Hospital trauma surgeon Christian Kenfield and was first exhibited at the State Library of Victoria in 2016.
His skull is designed to absorb shocks like a crash helmet, with inbuilt fracture zones to withstand any impact from a car’s windshield.
These fissures also help slow his head as it moves forward on impact and prevent the force of the impact from damaging his brain.
The skull is also much larger than a human’s, with more cerebrospinal fluid and ligaments to hold the brain in place on impact.
The fatty tissue around protruding areas such as the cheekbones helps absorb additional shocks from impact, and the nose and ears are all pulled into the face.
Graham was also provided with sturdier ribs and a large crate-like chest to help withstand high-speed collisions, with sacks, similar to mini-airbags, placed. between each of his ribs.
He’s a reminder of how vulnerable our bodies really are
Australia’s Transport Accident Commission
These absorb the force of impact and reduce forward momentum, while providing an available extra layer of protection for his heart and other vital organs.
Graham also has a handy built-in defense to protect his feet in the event of a car crash.
The shin is the most vulnerable bone in the body, requiring only a thin layer of skin to protect it, and injuries to the ankle, foot and lower leg can be debilitating in the long run.
But Graham has sturdy hooves with extra joints to allow him to jump out of the way quickly in a “springy” fashion.
TAC CEO Joe Calafiore said: “Cars have evolved so much faster than people and Graham helped us understand why we need to improve every aspect of our road system to protect it. yourself from your own mistakes”.
“People can survive running at full speed into a wall but when you’re talking about crashes involving vehicles, the speed is faster, the force is greater, and the chances of survival are slimmer too. a lot of.”
When he was first displayed, visitors could look under his skin and learn about his unique features using immersive augmented reality technology.
His creator, Piccinini, says his design allows people to connect with and empathize with him.
“He’s not patronizing, he’s not imposing, he’s open to us and his eyes are the place to work.
“If he was aggressive or belligerent or patronizing type, we wouldn’t be able to do that.
“He’s very Australian, I think.”
Graham is described by the TAC as an “educational tool for discussing human vulnerability”, while the project’s website says: “Graham shows us what we would look like if We are built to survive on the road.
“He’s a reminder of how vulnerable our bodies really are when speeds and impact forces as low as 30km/h are taking place.
Graham was driven across the state with a simple and effective message: “You don’t have what I have and if you drive safely you won’t need it.”
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/17673195/human-designed-survive-car-crash-graham/ The mutant superman called Graham with the wrinkled abs on his head and strong ribs has the perfect body to survive a car crash