Rethinking the safety of jockey helmets: A statistical comparison of different composite laminate helmet shells

Fuernschuss, B, Kandare, E, Sabo, A and Pang, T 2016, 'Rethinking the safety of jockey helmets: A statistical comparison of different composite laminate helmet shells', in Arjen J. Jansen (ed.) Procedia Engineering 11th conference of the International Sports Engineering Association (ISEA 2016), Delft, The Netherlands, 11-14 July 2016, pp. 507-512.


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Title Rethinking the safety of jockey helmets: A statistical comparison of different composite laminate helmet shells
Author(s) Fuernschuss, B
Kandare, E
Sabo, A
Pang, T
Year 2016
Conference name ISEA 2016
Conference location Delft, The Netherlands
Conference dates 11-14 July 2016
Proceedings title Procedia Engineering 11th conference of the International Sports Engineering Association (ISEA 2016)
Editor(s) Arjen J. Jansen
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication The Netherlands
Start page 507
End page 512
Total pages 6
Abstract Jockeys are exposed to high risk of head injuries while riding. Therefore, helmets are vital for protection. Carbon fibre is widely used in sports technology due to its mechanical properties. Applying carbon fibre in jockey helmet shells could decrease the risk of fatal head injuries. The aim of the research was to investigate the safety performance of jockey helmet shells made out of carbon fibre. Four different shell types were produced with the same prepreg material. They differ in the number of layers (four or five) and patterns (two and four). Peak deceleration was used to compare the different type of shells through 2-wire drop tests. Gaussian and Mean curvatures of the impact sites were also measured to obtain a better understanding of the impact behaviour. The two-patterned shell with the five layers (2P5) showed the best overall performance during the standard impact test.
Subjects Mechanical Engineering not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) Composite
Carbon
Prepreg
Helmet testing
Shell
Impact behavior
DOI - identifier 10.1016/j.proeng.2016.06.229
Copyright notice © 2016 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license
ISSN 1877-7058
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