Using FFF and topology optimisation to increase crushing strength in equestrian helmets

Shwe Soe, Michael Robinson, Khaled Giasin, Rhosslyn Adams, Tony Palkowski, Peter Theobald

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International standards ensure that equestrian helmets achieve high performance. Recently, one such standard (PAS 015) was revised to include a lateral deformation requirement, ensuring helmets can withstand the potential crushing forces associated with equestrian. This increased performance needs to be achieved against a minimal mass penalty, which is an important consumer consideration. This paper explores how shell design optimisation can improve crush resistance, validated using additive manufacturing and mechanical testing. This approach achieved a 73% increase in crush force, for only an 11% mass increase.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSustainable Design and Manufacturing 2020
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 7th International Conference on Sustainable Design and Manufacturing (KES-SDM 2020)
EditorsSteffen G. Scholz, Robert J. Howlett, Rossi Setchi
ISBN (Electronic)978-981-15-8131-1
ISBN (Print)978-981-15-8130-4
Publication statusPublished - 11 Sept 2020

Publication series

NameSmart Innovation, Systems and Technologies
ISSN (Print)2190-3018
ISSN (Electronic)2190-3026


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