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principal direction of force (redirected from PDOF)
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principal direction of force,
The vector of impact between two objects that collide. In automotive accidents the PDOF is one crucial element that determines the severity of injuries. Lateral impacts (ones in which one motorized vehicle crashes into the side of another) tend to be more deadly than head-on collisions.
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Figure two shows the calculated X-Y plane PDOF
(Principle Direction of Force) for the first 160 milliseconds of the impact, which had a linear trend line angle of 2.9[degrees] to the right of forward, indicating an almost pure frontal impact.
The direction of the [DELTA]V, commonly referred to as the PDOF
, is estimated visually from the residual crush by the reconstructionist.