Mr. Struble specializes in automotive and heavy truck accident reconstruction, and he also has expertise in vehicle structural performance, restraint system analysis, and rollover initiation. Within the area of accident reconstruction, Mr. Struble is proficient in crush energy analysis in a wide variety of crash modes, from vehicle-to-vehicle side impacts to pole impacts to underride/override collisions. Mr. Struble has evaluated vehicle performance in real-world collisions with respect to the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. He is also certified to download and analyze air bag control modules using the CDR download system and is trained in downloading engine data from commercial vehicles.
Prior to joining Exponent, Mr. Struble worked at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, where he worked on the development of the Rollover New Car Assessment Program. After leaving the NHTSA in 2003, Mr. Struble worked as a consultant with Struble-Welsh Engineering, Inc., providing accident reconstruction services in negligence and products liability litigation cases. Mr. Struble has worked on a wide variety of cases that required subject and exemplar vehicle inspections, site inspections, analysis and reconstruction presentations, simulation, and expert testimony. He has worked for a variety of different clients that include manufacturers and Tier I suppliers. Through the course of his work at the NHTSA and in his consulting practice, Mr. Struble has gained experience in test design and analysis, from a component level to full-scale vehicle testing.
Mr. Struble’s work has been published by SAE and ASME, in the areas of accident reconstruction and restraint system analysis. One of his papers, “Side Impact Structural Characterization from FMVSS 214D Test Data,” won SAE’s prestigious Arch T. Colwell Merit Award, which recognizes papers of outstanding technical merit and original contributions to mobility science. Another of his papers was selected for SAE’s Transactions, a repository of superior SAE technical publications.
CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS
- M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), 2002
- B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Arizona, 2000
Struble JD, Struble DE. Crush energy and stiffness in side impacts. SAE Int. J. Trans. Safety 2017 April; 5(1).
Struble D, Welsh K, Struble J. Crush energy assessment in frontal underride/override crashes. SAE paper 2009-01-0105, presented at the 2009 International Congress & Exposition, Detroit, MI, April 2009. Published in SAE SP 2224, Accident Reconstruction, 2009.
Welsh K, Struble D, Struble J. Restraint system markings and occupant kinematics in crash tests with disabled seat belt restraint systems. ASME paper IMECE2007-42042, presented at the 2007 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Seattle, WA, November, 2007. Published in Proceedings of the 2007 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, 2007.
Welsh K, Struble D, Struble J. Lateral structural deformation in frontal impacts. SAE paper 2006-01-1395, presented at the 2006 International Congress & Exposition, Detroit, MI, March 2006. Published in SAE SP 1999, Accident Reconstruction, 2006. Selected for inclusion in SAE 2006 Transactions: Journal of Passenger Cars – Mechanical Systems, 2006.
Struble J. Micro-scale planar and two-dimensional modeling of two phase composites with imperfect bonding between matrix and inclusion. MS Thesis, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2002.
Struble D, Welsh K & Struble J. Side impact structural characterization from FMVSS 214D test data. SAE paper 2001-01-0122, presented at the 2001 International Congress & Exposition, Detroit, MI, March 2001. Published in SAE SP 1596, Progress in Safety Test Methodology, 2001. Selected for inclusion in SAE Transactions: Journal of Passenger Cars – Mechanical Systems, 2001. Winner of the Arch T. Colwell Merit Award.
Struble J. NHTSA centrifuge testing. SAE-DC Regional Meeting, Greenbelt, MD, 2003.
Patent Number 6,988,020: Method and Apparatus to Move an Accessor within a Data Storage and Retrieval System, issued January 17, 2006 (with RC Inch, JE Bosley, and K Tyldesly).
Senior Engineer, Struble-Welsh Engineering, 2003–2011
Safety Standards Engineer, Crash Avoidance, NHTSA, 2002–2003
Research Assistant, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2000–2002
Research Engineer, Struble-Welsh Engineering, 2000
Development Engineering, IBM, 1998–1999
Development Engineering, BMW of Germany, 1998
Research Assistant, NASA Space Grant, University of Arizona, 1996–1997
American Society of Mechanical Engineers—ASME
- Secretary, Philadelphia Section, 2014–2015
- Vice-President, Philadelphia Section, 2015–2016
Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine—AAAM
Additional Education Training
"Vehicle Crash Reconstruction: Principles and Technology" SAE International, 2018
Applying Automotive EDR to Traffic Crash Reconstruction, SAE Training Course, 2017
Accessing and Interpreting Heavy Vehicle Event Data Recorders, SAE Training Course, 2013
Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), ASME Philadelphia Section Professional Development Certificate, August 2013
“2013 HVE Forum,” Engineering Dynamics Corporation, March 2013
“Heavy Vehicle Accident Reconstruction,” Northwestern University Center for Public Safety, May 2012
“Crash Data Retrieval Data Analyst Course,” Collision Safety Institute (only course approved by Bosch, manufacturer of the CDR tool), April 2009
“Crash Data Retrieval Technician Course,” Collision Safety Institute (approved by Bosch, manufacturer of the CDR tool), April 2009
“Biomechanics of High-Impact Injuries,” National Transportation Safety Board (with AAAM), April 2007
“Tire & Wheel Safety Issues,” SAE International, March 2006
“Vehicle Accident Reconstruction Methods,” SAE International, March 2005
“Vehicle Dynamics for Passenger Cars and Light Trucks,” SAE International, March 2004
“EDC Reconstruction,” Engineering Dynamics Corporation, January 2004
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