Elderly females are vulnerable to severe injury and mortality during vehicle collisions. The current increase in the population of elderly people means there is an urgent need to address the safety‐related issues relevant to elderly occupants. However, current anthropomorphic surrogates, like dummies, cannot be directly used to study injury prevention for elderly females because they lack the necessary age‐ and gender‐based impact responses.
This study aimed to develop two finite element models of a 70‐year‐old female (named CHARM‐70F) in a driving and a standing posture. The finite element mesh of CHARM‐70F was developed through computer tomography (CT) scans of an elderly female cadaver. The data included for validation of the CHARM‐70F model was taken from the published experimental studies for elderly female specimens. The component level validations were conducted on the major body regions, including head, neck, thorax, abdomen, pelvis, and extremities. Then the standing and driving posture models were validated at the whole‐body level. In both component and whole‐body level impact scenarios, reasonable agreements were obtained. The CHARM‐70F models are validated numerical surrogates and will be further used to study the gender‐ and age‐related injury mechanisms and prevention for this vulnerable population.