A Neck Injury Assessment Tool

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Health Program
Amount:
$149,851.00
Award Year:
2014
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
WH81XWH-14-C-0003
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
H132-009-0050
Solicitation Year:
2013
Solicitation Topic Code:
DHP13-009
Solicitation Number:
2013.2
Small Business Information
215 Wynn Dr., 5th Floor, Huntsville, AL, 35805-
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
185169620
Principal Investigator:
XianlianZhou
Principal Scientist
(256) 726-4800
proposals-contracts@cfdrc.com
Business Contact:
DeborahPhipps
Contracts Manager
(256) 726-4884
dap@cfdrc.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
The overall objective of the proposed project is to develop new injury criteria, methodology, and a software tool to assess the risk of neck injury from loads sustained while wearing head supported mass (HSM). In this Phase I, we will develop an easy-to-use software which utilizes a detailed neck musculoskeletal model (scalable to the full range of male and female anthropometries) for the study of HSM loading on muscle-tendons, ligaments, cervical spines and disks and consequently prediction of injury severity and probability (in accordance to AR-40-10). We will also develop new injury criteria suited for long-exposure scenarios and select use cases to verify model prediction. Injury prediction in Phase I will focus on use cases of maintaining stationary head/neck posture under HSM of different specification (such as mass, center of gravity, accessories). In the Phase II, we will focus on improving the integrated software tool and injury prediction for dynamic activities (marching, running, jumping, diving to prone, etc.). The final developed software will be utilized by military R & D engineers and acquisition professionals to characterize the hazards endemic to the ground combat environment and evaluate head support products and recommend less hazardous designs and usage scenarios.

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