Dr Thomas Whyte
Conjoint Lecturer

Dr Thomas Whyte

Medicine & Health
School of Biomedical Sciences

I am a biomechanical engineer with a focus on impact injury biomechanics and prevention. My research interests include the impact response and tolerance of the human body, particularly the head and spine, biomechanical impact testing of injurious events in road traffic, sports and falls across the population from childhood to older adults as well as the design and evaluation of injury protective systems and their compatibility with diverse populations. I have used a combination of physical experimentation and computation finite element methods for investigating and improving safety systems such as headgear in transport and sports, child restraints and other vehicle occupant protection. I place the specific needs of diverse users as a central focus of designing engineering solutions for injury prevention, ensuring compatibility between protective devices and the specific anthropometry of children, older people and the general diversity of the population.

Neuroscience Research Australia
  • Journal articles | 2020
    Whyte T; Albanese B; Elkington J; Bilston L; Brown J, 2020, 'Restraint factors and child passenger deaths in new south wales, australia', International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol. 17, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17041147
    Journal articles | 2020
    Whyte T; Melnyk AD; Van Toen C; Yamamoto S; Street J; Oxland TR; Cripton PA, 2020, 'A neck compression injury criterion incorporating lateral eccentricity.', Sci Rep, vol. 10, pp. 7114, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-63974-w
    Journal articles | 2019
    Meredith L; Albanese B; Whyte T; Gibson T; Fitzharris M; Baldock M; Brown J, 2019, 'Assessing the performance of motorcyclists’ impact protectors in simulated ATD knee and shoulder impacts', Traffic Injury Prevention, vol. 20, pp. 169 - 173, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15389588.2018.1540867
    Journal articles | 2017
    Albanese B; Gibson T; Whyte T; Meredith L; Savino G; de Rome L; Baldock M; Fitzharris M; Brown J, 2017, 'Energy attenuation performance of impact protection worn by motorcyclists in real-world crashes', Traffic Injury Prevention, vol. 18, pp. S116 - S121, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15389588.2017.1311014
  • Conference Papers | 2016
    Albanese B; Meredith L; Whyte T; Gibson T; De Rome L; Fitzharris M; Baldock M; Brown J, 2016, 'Energy attenuation performance of impact protection for motorcyclists', in 2016 IRCOBI Conference Proceedings - International Research Council on the Biomechanics of Injury, pp. 507 - 508

UNSW Medicine Non Communicable Diseases Theme EMC/R Seed Grant - Fitted lids for kids: Reducing helmet misuse for paediatric head injury prevention.

Biomechanics, Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Injury, Injury Prevention, Public Health, 3D Surface Anthropometry and Safety Systems Compatibility