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Taking a Stab at Updating Armour Standards

stabBody armour standards for stab resistance better represent street threats than those encountered in a prison or corrections environment. It was speculated that the inferior materials and manufacturing techniques of correctional threats should result in poorer performing weapons thereby allowing lighter and more flexible body armour to be worn. Characterization of these threats, however, had not been conducted and their true performance was not known. Therefore, a study was carried out to characterize threats obtained from several correctional institutions across the United States. A novel ranking technique along with test methodologies for tip and edge sharpness and weapon system performance were developed allowing the more aggressive threats to be identified.  These were then simplified into blade and spike exemplars for adoption into the revisions of the NIJ 0115.00 test methodology.  Read about the current developments in the Personal Armour Systems Symposium 2014 paper ...

Biokinetics Lab is Official

Biokinetics recently demonstrated that our ballistics test methodology and processes are sound after a rigorous inter-laboratory study with the Munitions Experimental Test Centre (METC) of the Department of National Defence resulting in a high level of ballistics data correlation. Biokinetics is also recognized by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP).

Facial Protection Evaluation

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Facial and mandible guards for ballistic helmets have the potential to protect against blunt impact, ballistic and blast threats.  However a credible and relevant testing methodology is needed to determine their true protective capacity.  The new Mandible Load Sensing Headform (MLSH) was used as the basis of a new evaluation protocol for ballistic helmet mandible guards.  Ballistic helmets have traditionally protected the head from ballistic and blunt impacts but offered no protection to the face and mandible.  New guards have been introduced to extend protection to these critical areas.  A new test methodology was developed using an enhanced MLSH with mandible sensors for measuring load distribution and focal injury assessment as detailed in the 2014 paper...

Race Car Head/Neck Protection

overlay Automobile racers have traditionally worn helmets similar to those used by motorcyclists to protect against blunt and penetrating head injuries. Recently widespread use of the Head and Neck Support (HANS) has also helped to limit neck tension injury in a collision. A new integrated Helmet and Neck Support (iHANS) has been developed that could revolutionize racing head protection. The iHANS is a combination of helmet and HANS. The helmet portion is fixed relative to the neck collar, which is in turn secured down by way of the traditional shoulder straps. There is sufficient space inside the helmet portion to allow for head movement. This reduces helmet weight borne neck fatigue and also reduces wind buffeting to allow a clearer view of the track ahead. Standard SFI 38.1 sled testing as well as a host of direct impact and projectile tests have proved its safety potential. Read more about it in the 2012 paper and watch a Discovery Channel piece on You Tube

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