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Improving the Ventilation of Motorcycle Helmets

Award Information
Agency: Department of Transportation
Branch: N/A
Contract: DTRT5715C10052
Agency Tracking Number: 151NH1014
Amount: $99,893.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 151NH1
Solicitation Number: DTRT5715RSBIR1
Solicitation Year: 2015
Award Year: 2015
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2015-07-06
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2016-01-26
Small Business Information
16 Great Hollow Rd.
Hanover, NH 03755-3116
United States
DUNS: 72021041
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Benjamin Cameron
 Principal Investigator
 (603) 643-3800
Business Contact
 Robert Kline-Schoder
Title: President
Phone: (603) 643-3800
Research Institution

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 innovations are: (1) increased airflow with optimally placed vents and reduced airflow resistance, (2) acoustic isolation to reduce noise generated by the increased airflow, and (3) a unique cooling helmet liner that removes both heat and humidity from the helmet interior. In Phase I, we will prove the feasibility of our approach through numerical modeling and laboratory tests. We will use the results to develop a detailed design concept for development and testing in Phase II.

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