BSE MS PhD
Ana Barbir is a Senior Consultant in the Investigations Group at TRL, specialising in injury causation biomechanics and vehicle accident reconstruction. She holds a Degree in Biomedical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, a Master’s in Biomedical Engineering and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering.
Ana’s areas of expertise include biomechanical analyses of low-speed incidents, helmet usage, seatbelt usage, child injury causation, falling objects and slips, trips, and falls. She has extensive practical knowledge of computational modelling, including 6 years working for TNO-MADYMO validating human-body models in impact scenarios, as well as working with the automotive industry building computational models and validating these against crash test results. She has taught biomechanics to undergraduate students at University of Wyoming and computational modelling in impact biomechanics to graduate students at Wayne State University.
Her experience includes multiple aspects of impact biomechanics and vehicle accident reconstruction. She has worked as a consultant and provided technical support to vehicle manufacturers during occupant safety system development by building computer models of occupant motions which predicted injury potential. She has performed biomechanical analyses on human subjects, animal models, tissue specimens and human surrogates and used mathematical modelling, as well as building physical devices to aid in experimental set up. She is also certified to download Event Data Recorders using the Bosch CDR tool.
Ana’s academic research has included impact biomechanics of the lower limb, spinal biomechanics and intervertebral disc degeneration. She has a significant publication record addressing basic, applied, and clinical orthopaedic topics. Ana’s research has been peer-reviewed and published by the Journal of Biomechanics, Society of Automotive Engineers and Spine Journal, amongst others. She has presented research at scientific meetings organised by such varied groups as the Orthopaedic Research Society, World Congress of
Biomechanics and the Society of Automotive Engineers.
As part of her expert witness work in the United States, Ana has investigated hundreds of automotive collisions and has testified before circuit courts in over 50 cases, both in deposition and in front of juries.
2009 In Vivo Remodelling of Invertebral Discs in Response to Short- and Long-term Dynamic Compression Journal of Orthopaedic Research, 27(9):1235-42
2008 Validation of Lower Limb Surrogates as Injury Assessment Tools in Floor Impacts due to Anti-Vehicular Land Mines Military Medicine, 173(12):1180-4
2004 A Finite Element Lower Extremity and Pelvis Model for Predicting Bone Injuries due to Knee Bolster Loading SAE Paper 2004-01-2130