Shock Attenuating Helmet

Period of Performance: 01/26/2009 - 09/28/2009


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Shakti Technologies Inc.
728 Garland Drive
Palo Alto, CA 94303
Principal Investigator


Explosions from conventional munitions and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) generate substantial blast overpressures that constitute a pervasive hazard to US military personnel in the Iraq and Afghanistan theaters of operations. Researchers currently believe that these explosive events can cause traumatic brain injury (TBI), a physical damaging of the brain, which stands in contrast to the psychological effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). There is also the possibility of damage from the accompanying electromagnetic pulse. This proposal outlines an approach for developing a generalized material for attenuating explosive air blast. This material concept would provide a new helmet, yielding improved TBI protection by reducing the impact of the pressure pulse on the brain.