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Improved Thermal and Acoustic Comfort for Motorcycle Helmets

Award Information
Agency: Department of Transportation
Branch: N/A
Contract: DTRT5717C10061
Agency Tracking Number: 151NH1014II
Amount: $299,942.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 151NH1
Solicitation Number: DTRT5715RSBIR1
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2015
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-02-08
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-02-07
Small Business Information
16 Great Hollow Rd., Hanover, NH, 03755
DUNS: 072021041
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Benjamin Cameron
 Principal Investigator
 (603) 643-3800
 bhc@creare.com
Business Contact
 Robert Kline-Schoder
Title: President
Phone: (603) 643-3800
Email: contractsmgr@creare.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Use of motorcycles helmets significantly reduces the risk of fatality or serious brain injury to riders in the event of a crash, but riders often do not wear helmets in warm weather because of thermal discomfort. We propose to develop an innovative ventilation and cooling system that will maintain a cool, dry environment inside the helmet while also meeting applicable safety standards. The key thermal technology innovations are: (1) increased internal ventilation at moderate- to high-speed travel enabled by a novel comfort padding design, and (2) a custom blower for adequate ventilation of the microclimate in the face during low-speed travel (near 0 MPH). In Phase I, we proved the feasibility of our approach through numerical modeling and laboratory tests. We will use the Phase I results to develop a detailed design concept for development and testing in Phase II. Under a concurrent Internal Research and Development (IRAD) effort, we also plan to develop an acoustic technology to reduce airflow and motorcycle noise while also preserving the ability to hear ambient sounds using a hear-through technology with active volume control.

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