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Optimisation of energy absorbing liner for equestrian helmets

Cui, L, Forero Rueda, M and Gilchrist, MD (2009) Optimisation of energy absorbing liner for equestrian helmets In: 27th International Conference on Biomechanics in Sports, 2009-08-17 - ?, Limerick, Ireland.

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The density of foam used as energy absorbing liner material in safety helmets was optimised in this paper using Finite Element Modelling (FEM). FEM simulations of impact tests from certification standards were carried out to obtain the best performing configurations of helmet liner. For each test condition, two best liner configurations were identified as minimising peak impact accelerations: one was composed of layers of uniform foam and the other of functionally graded foam (FGF). It was found that the observed decreases in the peak accelerations for the best performing helmets in various test conditions are directly related to the contact area, the distribution of internal stresses, and the dissipated plastic energy density (DPED). Application of the methods described in this study could help increase energy absorption for current and future equestrian helmet designs.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Conference Paper)
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Civil and Environmental Engineering
Authors :
Cui, L
Forero Rueda, M
Gilchrist, MD
Date : 2009
Contributors :
Additional Information : Copyright The Authors 2009
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 16 Dec 2011 10:50
Last Modified : 31 Oct 2017 14:17

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