Faculty Advisor

Savilonis, Brian James

Abstract

This project attempted to reduce the risk of concussion for ice hockey players by incorporating neck support into a helmet. This support utilizes dilatant fluids to provide a restoring moment during impact to reduce head acceleration. Computational analysis and mathematical modelling were performed to establish the desired design specifications. A pneumatic impact test with a head-form equipped with accelerometers was constructed for evaluation. The head impact power equation will be used to determine whether the prototype reduces risk of concussion.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2015

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

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Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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