Computer-design and Biomechanical Testing of Impact-energy Absorbing Protective Mandibular Appliance

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$69,972.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W91CRB-11-C-0030
Award Id:
97950
Agency Tracking Number:
A102-129-0552
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
ARMY 10-129
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Tech Brewery, 137 Jones Drive, Ann Arbor, MI, 48105
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
023254296
Principal Investigator:
Jan Akervall
Chief Operating Officer
(248) 505-3552
info@akervalltechnologies.com
Business Contact:
Charlotte Akervall
Chief Operating Officer
(800) 444-0570
schwank@umich.edu
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Akervall Technologies Inc. is developing a novel approach to energy-absorbing and energy-dissipating mouth guards. It is proposed to systematically measure and characterize in a biomechanics laboratory a set of realistic impact conditions, identifying the transmission and propagation of forces from jaw or dentition to TMJ, skull, and neck without and with a variety of dental appliances in place, comparing the effectiveness of impact energy dissipation of commercially available appliances to that of the patent pending appliance under development by Akervall Technologies, Inc. The second technical objective of the proposed project is to develop a multiphysics model geared toward optimizing the impact energy dissipation of appliance materials and designs, based on the experimental results obtained in the biomechanics laboratory, and to explore how and to what extent appropriately designed mouth guards with strategically placed perforations and energy-absorbing zones can dissipate the energies transmitted to the TMJ and skull. The computer-guided optimized mouth guard design will then be translated into prototypes for further biomechanical impact testing, and manufacturing techniques will be developed that are suitable for the production of mouth guard prototypes meeting military specifications.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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