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Bioengineering Considerations in the Design of Protective Headgear

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W. D. Claus

U.S. Army Natick Research and Development Command, Natick, Mass.

J Biomech Eng 99(1), 20-25 (Feb 01, 1977) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3426263 History: Received October 26, 1976; Online October 21, 2010

Abstract

Bioengineering aspects of headgear design are surveyed to illustrate the interactions and contributions of different engineering disciplines to military headgear design. Illustrations are drawn from the fields of anthropometry, human factors, heat transfer, acoustics, and applied mechanics. In addition, a helmet design procedure is described which takes into consideration such interactions. The procedure was successfully used in the design and development of a new ballistic protective infantry helmet. This methodology is equally applicable to the design of civilian head protective devices. Possible applications are pointed out.

Copyright © 1977 by ASME
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