Publications & Abstracts

The experts at Knott Laboratory have been published in many engineering journals.


While most of these essays are quite detailed, these short abstracts express a summary of the overall papers that were published. Additionally, we've compiled our complete list of publications and abstracts for your convenience; some of which were featured in print or have not been made available online by the publishers.


Accident Reconstruction Journal

Reconstruction of a Motor Vehicle Accident involving a Police Shooting Using Photogrammetry and 3-D Computer Modeling


This paper presents methods used by Knott Laboratory to reconstruct a motor vehicle accident involved in a police shooting incident. The…

Journal of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers
2016, December

The Forensic Engineer in State and Federal Court


This paper outlines the legal system in the United States, the different types of courts, the differences between criminal and civil law,…

Journal of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers
June 2016

Newest Technologies Utilized in the Reconstruction of an Officer Involved Shooting Incident


This paper presents a case study which utilized many of the latest forensic technologies to reconstruct the events that occurred during an…

Journal of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers
June 2016

Forensic Engineering Evaluation and Testing of Horizontal Intrusion Protection Equipment for Stand-Up Forklifts


In 2004, a report issued by the National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH) evaluated a fatal standup forklift accident…

Journal of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers
June 2016

Advanced Forensic Engineering Analysis of a School Bus/Tractor Trailer Crash


This paper presents advanced techniques used to reconstruct a motor vehicle accident involving a fully loaded semi and school bus with…

Journal of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers
December 2015

Forensic Engineering Investigation of Above-ground Pool Submersion Accidents


Approximately 35 children under the age of 5 years old access above-ground pools via a ladder and drown each year in the United States.…

The Lawyer’s Logbook (Vol. 5, No.3)
2015, August-September

An Insight into Knott Laboratory with Dr. Ziernicki


Learn more from the following interview with the owner, President and CEO of Knott Laboratory, Richard M. Ziernicki, Ph.D., P.E.

Journal of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers - June 2015

Forensic Engineering Investigation of Workplace Incidents Involving Machinery


On many occasions, a forensic engineer faces numerous questions when investigating workplace incidents involving machinery, such as: Why…

Journal of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers
2014, December

Forensic Engineering Usage of Surveillance Video in Accident Reconstruction


With the increased use of surveillance cameras, more and more video footage depicting accidents is available these days, for accident…

ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition
2014, November

Stand-Up Forklift Egress Times as a Function of Operator Compartment Guarding


A significant hazard related to the use of stand-up lift trucks, or stand-up forklifts, is the hazard of a lower limb crush injury or foot…

Journal of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers
June 2013

Forensic Engineering Investigation of Incidents Involving Corded Window Coverings


It has been recognized for many years that young children have been involved in incidents, including strangulation, with the cords…

Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) 2007-01-0741
2007

Considerations for Applying and Interpreting Monte Carlo Simulation Analyses in Accident Reconstruction


In reconstructing any accident, the reconstructionist must properly account for uncertainty in their analysis. One popular method of…

Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) 2005-01-1200
2005

Crush and Conservation of Energy Analysis: Toward a Consistent Methodology


This paper clarifies the relationship between the absorbed crush energy and the dissipated crush energy and explores the use of each in…

Journal of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers
June 2001

Forensic Engineering Techniques to Reconstruct Shooting Incidents


This paper discusses and evaluates the techniques and technology available to reconstruct shooting incidents. Reconstruction typically…

Forensic Engineering, The International Journal, Vol. II, No. 3
1990

The Effect Of Variables On Vehicular Accident Reconstruction


There are a number of publications discussing the mathematical theory, sources of data, and accuracy of the EDCRASH computer program for…

Journal of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers
June 1991

An Overview of Heavy Trucks/Buses Braking Performance


The writer discusses the performance of heavy duty vehicles during emergency braking. The paper reviews statistical data related to the…