Biomechanics International

Biomechanics International

Richard Collins, Ph.D., M.Sc., B.Sc.

440 Monmouth Drive Cranberry Township, PA 16066

About the Expert

Accurate research & scientific analysis in mechanical and biomedical engineering & regulatory assessments. Litigation support in: Accident reconstruction, Injury biomechanics and Medical device product liability. Consultation in Biomedical & Human Factors Engineering; Former Professor of Medicine; Professor of Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering.

Areas of Expertise

Accident Reconstruction
Failure Analysis
Fire & Explosion Investigation
Human Factors
Mechanical Engineering
Medical Devices
Products Liability

Expert's Profile

Areas of Specialization

• Qualified as an expert witness in civil and criminal courts.

• Internationally recognized engineering and medical expertise.

• Wrongful death, medical and dental malpractice; medical device/product liability

• Injury biomechanics in automotive crashes, aircraft crashes, elevator failures, sports impacts and slips and falls.

• Head Injury & spine cases due to motorcycle, bicycle collisions, along with protective helmet liability issues.

• Accident reconstruction and failure analysis for litigation involving serious personal injury and trauma

• Analyses involving motor vehicle accidents, automotive, train and aircraft accident and injury analysis and traffic safety, forklift turnovers, elevator free-falls, slips, trips and falls; sports injuries, product liability in industrial, sports, recreational and safety equipment; sports and industrial injuries, ergonomics and repetitive stress syndromes;

• Extensively published in the peer-reviewed national and international literature.

Expert Services

Expertise includes analyses of vehicular, industrial, recreational, commercial, and sports-related injuries in addition to the evaluation of protective devices and safety systems, such as seat belts and helmets. Services may include:

• Summary and analysis of accident reports, witness statements, depositions, damage reports, scene photographs, etc.

• Inspection and analysis of vehicles; machinery; objects associated with an injury and the injury environment; and to identify injury causation and injury prevention factors.

• Protective devices evaluation (seat belts, air bags, clothing, guards, helmets) to identify injury causation factors.

• Evaluation of workplace hazards and equipment, to identify injury causation factors.

• Computer analysis including animation and simulation in both demonstrative and analytic formats.

• Search and retrieval of relevant literature from medical and engineering databases.

• Re-enactment of human kinematics or injury scenarios on-site or in laboratory setting

• Preparation for deposition, arbitration, mediation, or trial.

• Preparation of court exhibits (photographs, charts, graphs, anatomic models, animation, and literature summaries).

Personal Achievements


  • Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering/Aeronautical Sciences,
  • (University of California, Berkeley, California)
  • M.Sc. Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering, (University of
  • Toronto, Institute of Aerospace Studies, Toronto, Canada)
  • B.Sc. Engineering Physics, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada)


  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) - U.S.A.
  • Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) - U.S.A.
  • Biological Engineering Society - U.K.
  • Société de Biomécanique - France
  • American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) - U.S.A.
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) - U.S.A.
  • Association for the Advancement of Modeling & Simulation Techniques in Enterprises - France
  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) - U.S.A.
  • Canadian Medical and Biological Engineering Society (CMBES) - Canada
  • European Society of Biomechanics - Netherlands
  • Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute (CASI) - Canada
  • Canadian Society of Aviation Medicine (CSAM) - Canada
  • Canadian Applied Mathematics Society - Canada
  • Aerospace Medical Association/Life Sciences & Biomedical Engineering Branch (LSBEB) – U.S.A.
  • The Society of Automobile Engineers (SAE)


  • Cited in: International Who's Who of Contemporary Achievement – 1984
  • Cited in: Who's Who in the World, Sixth Edition - 1982-1983
  • Cited in: Men of Achievement, Ninth Edition - 1982
  • Cited in: Who's Who in the World, Fifth Edition - 1980-1981
  • Cited in: Who's Who in Western Europe - 1978-1979
  • Cited in: NATO-AGARD Scientific Consultant (Europe) - 1972-1973
  • Cited in: American Men of Science - 1969


  • Fluid flow in collapsible tubes: theoretical study of the fluid-wall interaction and mechanism of vessel opening and closing; application to controlled collapse of the veins, and to nonstationary flow phenomena occurring in coronary and pulmonary blood v
  • Cardiac mechanics: theoretical and clinical evaluation of myocardial contractility on the basis of left ventricular regional ejection dynamics using wall markers and cinéangiography.
  • Respiratory mechanics: development of an original computational model for periodic flow in the airways of the complete human lung and evaluation of regional particle deposition using radioisotopes as tracers.
  • Autoregulation of the cerebral circulation: formulation of a model for the complete branching network of the circulation of the human brain, direct laboratory measurements of the detailed anatomy of the cerebral venous network from precision polymer cast
  • Passive and active control of the coronary circulation: mathematical model for blood flow in the complete coronary circulation subjected to high gravitational loading.
  • Development of an artificial cartilage: embedded fixed electrical charges in a cross-linked polymer matrix to simulate the natural osmotic swelling pressure.
  • Cardiovascular response to G-stress in microgravity (space) and hypergravity (aerial combat) with autonomic nervous system involvement.
  • Biodynamics of the eye: characterization of the material properties of the ocular tissues (corneo-scleral envelope, aqueous humor) and the role of relaxation coefficients in the autoregulation of intraocular pressure with consequences for glaucoma.
  • Uptake of volatile vapors by inhalation: construction of a mathematical model for the estimation of the uptake by the pulmonary airflow of volatile (toxic) vapors in the lower respiratory tract. Account taken of the lipophilicity of the chemicals and th
  • Dermal absorption of volatile vapors: computational model for the solution of the diffusion equation for a highly anisotropic lipid bilayer medium. Particular account taken of the variation in path length and permeability coefficients in the estimation
  • Controlled release drug delivery from implanted ceramic and polymeric capsules: Mathematical modeling and computer simulations can be very effective in improving and optimizing the performance of the self-regulating release of therapeutic drugs into speci
  • Forensic Biomechanics: analysis of trauma-related failures of: a) soft tissues: ligament, tendon, muscle, cervical and thoracolumbar spine, and articulations such as the knee, hip and shoulder joints, chondrolysis of articular joints; b) hard tissues: skull fractures, closed head injuries, amputations,

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