Helmet Impact Tests: ANR Earcup Structural Integrity and the Effect of the ANR Earcup System on Helmet Energy Attenuation.
Interim rept. Sep-Dec 92,
ARMSTRONG LAB WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH CREW SYSTEMS DIRECTORATE
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An experimental effort was conducted to measure the structural integrity of the ANR earcup during helmet impact, and to measure whether the ANR earcup affects the energy attenuation properties of the helmet system during helmet impact. Helmet testing was completed using the Crew Systems Directorates Helmet Drop Facility in which a helmeted headform experiences a guided freefall onto a rigid steel anvil to produce dynamic impact at 35 ft-lbs energy transfer. Standard earcups and the ANR earcups were compared in helmet impacts using the HGU-53P and HGU-55P helmets. The earcups were equal in their performance in that they did not have a negative effect on the energy attenuation properties of the helmet systems. The standard earcups structural integrity was not compromised during the impacts however, the ANR earcups sustained structural damage to their outer shell and their gel filled ear cushion.
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