** Finite Element Model Webinar has been rescheduled to May 9, 2018 at 11:00am EST **
An Open Source Toolkit and Models to Help Advance Designs for Protective Equipment:
On May 9, Dr. Richard Kent, an engineering expert who works at the intersection of biomechanics and sports, will share a new toolkit that aims to encourage innovation and advance designs of new and improved protective sports equipment. The toolkit includes finite element models of modern football helmets, impact test dummy components, and test conditions simulating on-field impacts.
As part of the NFL’s Play Smart. Play Safe. initiative, the NFL pledged $60 million toward the creation of a five-year project called the Engineering Roadmap, funded by the NFL and managed by Football Research, Inc. (FRI). The project, executed in collaboration with Biocore LLC, aims to improve the understanding of the biomechanics of head injuries in professional football and to create incentives for helmet manufacturers, small businesses, entrepreneurs, universities and others to develop and commercialize new and improved protective equipment, including helmets.
A New Engineering Resource for Football Helmet Design:
Under the Engineering Roadmap, open-source finite element (FE) models of four modern football helmets were developed. These computational tools developed by breaking an object down into simpler parts (finite elements) and assembling them into a larger system of equations to model an entire structure—this facilitates the efficient analysis of design changes to that structure. FE models have been used to improve designs in many engineered products, including those in the aeronautics and automotive industries. The FE models of football helmets will be available to the public as a platform and baseline resource for injury prevention research and to stimulate the development of novel and highly effective helmet designs and prototypes.
Learn more: www.playsmartplaysafe.com/resource/finite-element-models/