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Using FFF and topology optimisation to increase crushing strength in equestrian helmets

Soe, Shwe, Robinson, Michael, Giasin, Khaled, Adams, Rhosslyn, Palkowski, Tony and Theobald, Peter 2020. Using FFF and topology optimisation to increase crushing strength in equestrian helmets. Presented at: 7th International Conference on Sustainable Design and Manufacturing KES-SDM 2020, Virtual, 9-11 Sept 2020. Published in: Scholz, Steffen G., Howlett, Robert J. and Setchi, Rossi eds. Sustainable Design and Manufacturing 2020. Springer, pp. 369-377. 10.1007/978-981-15-8131-1_33

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International standards ensure that equestrian helmets achieve high performance. Recently, one such standard (PAS 015) was revised to include a lateral deformation requirement, ensuring helmets can withstand the potential crushing forces associated with equestrian. This increased performance needs to be achieved against a minimal mass penalty, which is an important consumer consideration. This paper explores how shell design optimisation can improve crush resistance, validated using additive manufacturing and mechanical testing. This approach achieved a 73% increase in crush force, for only an 11% mass increase.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Engineering
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9789811581304
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2022 07:30

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