Accession Number : AD1013175

Title :   Adaptive Seat Energy Absorbers for Enhanced Crash Safety: Technology Demonstration

Descriptive Note : Technical Report,10 Jan 2012,29 Feb 2016

Corporate Author : Vehicle Technology Directorate, US Army Research Laboratory Aberdeen Proving Ground

Personal Author(s) : Hiemenz,Gregory J ; Murugan,Muthuvel ; Hu,Wei ; Wereley,Norman M ; Yoo,JinHyeong

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Report Date : 01 Aug 2016

Pagination or Media Count : 126

Abstract : This research program is intended to design, assemble, and test, both at a component and assembly level, adaptive seat energy absorber (ASEA) technology to retrofit a rotorcraft crew seat. Two adaptive energy absorber (EA) technologies were developed in this research program: 1) rotary magnetorheological EA with magnetic bias and 2) magnetostrictive friction EA. The results of the evaluation of these adaptive seat EA technologies for rotorcraft crashworthiness and safety enhancement are summarized in this report. The low speed crash dynamic sled tests conducted showed great promise for the ASEA technology, with occupant compressive lumbar loads measured to be more than 32 lower than published data for the baseline MH-60R seat with conventional EAs. Moreover, the ASEA used substantially less stroke than the baseline seat, showing that the ASEA can be much more efficient.

Descriptors :   ROTARY WING AIRCRAFT , CRASH INJURIES , test and evaluation , energy absorbers , experimental data , mechanical working , modulus of elasticity , physical properties , fabrication , spine

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE