Shock Attenuating Helmet

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

$99K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

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

Abstract

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.