U.S. Army Research Lab highlights composites use in helmet design

Video from the Army Research Laboratory reviews design and material challenges in developing composite helmets for soldiers in the field.

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) has published an online video that highlights the use of CAD simulation in the design and engineering of next-generation helmets for soldiers.

The video features information on ballistics challenges associated with helmet design, design considerations, ballistics deformation modeling and the preforming system developed to shape kitted segments of ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) film for helmet production.

The video, titled, "ARL researchers work to provide improved individual protection for soldiers," can be found on the ARL website at www.arl.army.mil/www/default.cfm?page=253.

For more information on fibers and resins employed in anti-ballistic and blast protection applications, the upcoming CompositesWorld High-Performance Fibers 2010 conference, Nov. 9-10 in Charleston, S.C., USA, features several pertinent presentations. For more information and to download the conference agenda, please visit www.compositesworld.com/conferences/high-performance-fibers-2010, e-mail jessie@compositesworld.com or call +1 207-221-6603.