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Title Review of Department of Defense test protocols for combat helmets / Committee on Review of Test Protocols Used by the DoD to Test Combat Helmets, Board on Army Science and Technology, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, National Research Council of the National Academies
Published Washington, D.C. : National Academies Press, [2014]
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Description 1 online resource (1 PDF file (xviii, 140 pages)) : illustrations
Contents Evolution of combat helmets -- Threats, head injuries, and test methodologies -- Combat helmet testing -- Helmet performance measures and trends to test data -- First article testing protocols for resistance to penetration : statistical considerations and evaluations of DOD test plans -- Test protocols for backface deformation statistical considerations and assessment -- Lot acceptance testing -- Characterization tests for the advanced combat helmet and future helmets -- Linking helmet protection to brain injury
Summary Combat helmets have evolved considerably over the years from those used in World War I to today's Advanced Combat Helmet. One of the key advances was the development of aramid fibers in the 1960s, which led to today's Kevlar-based helmets. The Department of Defense is continuing to invest in research to improve helmet performance, through better design and materials as well as better manufacturing processes. Review of the Department of Defense Test Protocols for Combat Helmets considers the technical issues relating to test protocols for military combat helmets. At the request of the DOD Director of Operational Test and Evaluation, this report evaluates the adequacy of the Advanced Combat Helmet test protocol for both first article testing and lot acceptance testing, including its use of the metrics of probability of no penetration and the upper tolerance limit (used to evaluate backface deformation). The report evaluates appropriate use of statistical techniques in gathering data; adequacy of current helmet testing procedures; procedures for the conduct of additional analysis of penetration and backface deformation data; and scope of characterization testing relative to the benefit of the information obtained
Notes Title from PDF title page
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Notes This study was supported by Contract/Grant No. HQ0034-10-D-0003 between the National Academy of Sciences and the U.S. Department of Defense. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the organizations or agencies that provided support for the project
Description based on version viewed November 25, 2014
Subject United States. Department of Defense.
Body armor -- Materials -- Research -- United States -- 21st century.
Combat survivability (Military engineering)
Helmets -- Materials -- Research -- United States -- 21st century.
Head Protective Devices -- standards.
Evaluation Studies as Topic.
Materials Testing -- standards.
Military Personnel.
United States.
Form Electronic book
Author National Research Council (U.S.). Committee on Review of Test Protocols Used by the DoD to Test Combat Helmets, issuing body
ISBN 0309298660