Energy Absorbing Structures
Biomechanics of traumatic brain injury
The focus of this interdisciplinary research is on understanding the performance of the human brain in extreme environments. Our aim is to understand the relationship between head loading and the severity and pattern of brain injury, e.g. in road traffic accidents and sporting collisions.
Helmet design and development
Design and testing of mitigation strategies have not improved to keep up with the pace of improvement in our understanding of biomechanics of traumatic brain injury. To address this problem, we are developing new concepts, designs and test methods to eventually better protect the brain in extreme environments.
Energy absorbing structures
New energy absorbing materials are essential for enhancing the design of protection equipment and environment. The focus of this work is on the design and development of lightweight materials and structures with promising energy absorption capacities for protection of the human body.
The design of the seat and the conditions in which it operates can mean that the seat might protect the occupant from vibration and shock, or it might make it worse. A well designed seat can reduce the motion of the occupant to make their transport experience more comfortable, less tiring and less hazardous. We work on fundamental and applied research with seat and component suppliers to optimise the dynamics of seats.
Protection from vibration and shock
Those exposed to vibration at work could be at risk of disorders of the hands, neck, and back. We work to understand exposures to vibration across a wide range of sectors. We work with end-users and manufacturers to design better equipment and to provide practical methods of risk minimisation.