APPLICATION SPOTLIGHT

SPORTS HELMETS

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  • Rugged data acquisition & sensors
  • Miniature, embeds in test article
  • Outstanding worldwide technical support 24/7/365

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FOOTBALL HELMET TESTING

IMPROVING TEST METHODS TO REDUCE HEAD INJURIES 

The Challenge:

  • Develop new testing methodologies for helmet-on-helmet concussion testing
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Department of Mechanical Engineering lead a research project with the goal of reducing sports related concussions and traumatic brain injuries
  • UAB studied game footage to analyze and “worst case” impact scenarios for testing
  • Working with off-board data acquisition systems with cables that can tangle and cause issues with noise or data loss
  • Accurate, repeatable test data

The Solution:

  • Rugged DTS data acquisition systems and sensors
  • Two Hybrid III crash dummies were suited up in full football gear
  • One dummy head was instrumented with embedded SLICE NANO data recorders, plus triaxial linear accelerometers and angular rate sensors
  • Positioning the DAS near the sensors eliminates trailing cables and improves data quality
  • UAB engineered an 80-foot railed track with a motorized sled to recreate impact scenarios
  • Set-up time was significantly reduced, no issues with cables tangling or altering test dynamics
  • Store in place reliability, data writes directly to non-volatile flash memory
  • Easy to use software for set-up, viewing and data export
  • Reliable, repeatable test data to validate new methodologies
  • DTS expertise in injury biomechanics testing

 

 

 

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“Integrating DTS systems inside the ATD allows test engineers to replicate real-world hits and better understand what kind of forces players are really experiencing on the field.”

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