PROTECTIVE HEADGEAR EMPLOYING NOVEL AIR-CELL TECHNOLOGY

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$50,000.00
Award Year:
1991
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
16841
Agency Tracking Number:
16841
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Box 12696, Rsch Triangle Pk, NC, 27709
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Donald Myers
(919) 781-8148
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
IN PHASE I, WE WILL INVESTIGATE THE USE OF TRDC'S PASSIVE AIR BAG MATERIALS TO CONSTRUCT A LIGHTWEIGHT, LOW-COST "AIR HELMET" FOR EQUESTRIANS AND BICYCLISTS. A PREVIOUS SBIR PHASE I EFFORT WITH AOA DEMONSTRATED THAT THIS NOVEL PASSIVE AIR BAG TECHNOLOGY COULD BE DEVELOPED INTO THIN, LIGHT CUSHIONING MATERIALS THAT ABSORB SIGNIFICANTLY MORE IMPACT ENERGY THAN AVAILABLE FOAMS. AT VELOCITIES APPROXIMATING A FALL FROM A STANDING POSITION, THIS NEW MATERIAL ABSORBED 20% MORE ENERGY THAN ONE OF THE BEST AVAILABLE SHOCK-ABSORBING FOAMS, WITH ONLY HALF THE FOAM'S THICKNESS AND ONE FOURTH ITS WEIGHT. THE PROJECT WOULD INVESTIGATE THE FEASIBILITY OF MODIFYING THIS PASSIVE AIR BAG TECHNOLOGY FOR USE IN HELMETS BY TESTING THE MATERIAL'S ENERGY ABSORPTION ABILITY AT THE MUCH HIGHER LEVELS OF IMPACT EXPERIENCED IN BICYCLING AND RIDING ACCIDENTS. THE PROGRAM ALSO WILL EXPLORE THE MATERIAL'S POTENTIAL TO BE MANUFACTURED AT A LOWER COST THAN CURRENT POLYSTYRENE HELMETS. THE PROJECT COULD PROVIDE A METHOD OF LESS EXPENSIVE AND LIGHTER PROTECTION AGAINST HEAD INJURIES TO RIDERS OF BIKES AND HORSES; MORE COMPACT HELMETS MIGHT ALSO FIND GREATER ACCEPTABILITY TO APPEARANCE-CONSCIOUS YOUNG BICYCLISTS, PUT AT GREAT RISK NOW BY THEIR RELUCTANCE TO WEAR ANY HELMET AT ALL. IN PHASE I, WE WILL INVESTIGATE THE USE OF TRDC'S PASSIVE AIR BAG MATERIALS TO CONSTRUCT A LIGHTWEIGHT, LOW-COST "AIR HELMET" FOR EQUESTRIANS AND BICYCLISTS. A PREVIOUS SBIR PHASE I EFFORT WITH AOA DEMONSTRATED THAT THIS NOVEL PASSIVE AIR BAG TECHNOLOGY COULD BE DEVELOPED INTO THIN, LIGHT CUSHIONING MATERIALS THAT ABSORB SIGNIFICANTLY MORE IMPACT ENERGY THAN AVAILABLE FOAMS. AT VELOCITIES APPROXIMATING A FALL FROM A STANDING POSITION, THIS NEW MATERIAL ABSORBED 20% MORE ENERGY THAN ONE OF THE BEST AVAILABLE SHOCK-ABSORBING FOAMS, WITH ONLY HALF THE FOAM'S THICKNESS AND ONE FOURTH ITS WEIGHT. THE PROJECT WOULD INVESTIGATE THE FEASIBILITY OF MODIFYING THIS PASSIVE AIR BAG TECHNOLOGY FOR USE IN HELMETS BY TESTING THE MATERIAL'S ENERGY ABSORPTION ABILITY AT THE MUCH HIGHER LEVELS OF IMPACT EXPERIENCED IN BICYCLING AND RIDING ACCIDENTS. THE PROGRAM ALSO WILL EXPLORE THE MATERIAL'S POTENTIAL TO BE MANUFACTURED AT A LOWER COST THAN CURRENT POLYSTYRENE HELMETS. THE PROJECT COULD PROVIDE A METHOD OF LESS EXPENSIVE AND LIGHTER PROTECTION AGAINST HEAD INJURIES TO RIDERS OF BIKES AND HORSES; MORE COMPACT HELMETS MIGHT ALSO FIND GREATER ACCEPTABILITY TO APPEARANCE-CONSCIOUS YOUNG BICYCLISTS, PUT AT GREAT RISK NOW BY THEIR RELUCTANCE TO WEAR ANY HELMET AT ALL.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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