Preliminary Study of the Effects of Combat Helmet on Head/Neck Response under Rear/Side Impacts

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Authors
  1. Anctil, B.
  2. Wonnacott, M.
  3. Sullivan, D.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Valcartier, Valcartier QUE (CAN);Biokinetics and Associates Ltd, Ottawa ONT (CAN)
Abstract
This project defined the basis for a laboratory test procedure to evaluate the effects of a combat helmet on head/neck injury to vehicle occupants caused by IED explosions beside military vehicles. Laboratory test equipment was adapted to replicate the loading observed during full-scale trials at DRDC Valcartier. Two levels of loadings were considered to simulate neck loadings during full-scale IED testing and two head/neck surrogates, Hybrid III and EuroSID-2, were evaluated. Combat helmets caused moderate effects on the loading severity based on head acceleration and neck load recorded responses. Larger differences between helmeted head vs. bare head were observed for higher loading regimes. Finally, significant differences were also noted between the responses of the Hybrid III head-neck assembly in comparison with EuroSID-2.

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Report Number
DRDC-VALCARTIER-CR-2008-392 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
01 Feb 2009
Number of Pages
92
DSTKIM No
CA032716
CANDIS No
531915
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