A Neck Injury Assessment Tool

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Health Program
Contract: WH81XWH-14-C-0003
Agency Tracking Number: H132-009-0050
Amount: $149,851.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2014
Solitcitation Year: 2013
Solitcitation Topic Code: DHP13-009
Solitcitation Number: 2013.2
Small Business Information
CFD Research Corporation
215 Wynn Dr., 5th Floor, Huntsville, AL, 35805-
Duns: 185169620
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Xianlian Zhou
 Principal Scientist
 (256) 726-4800
Business Contact
 Deborah Phipps
Title: Contracts Manager
Phone: (256) 726-4884
Email: dap@cfdrc.com
Research Institution
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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