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Head protection: a European training network for Advanced Designs in Safety

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Project "HEADS" data sheet

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Organization address
address: BELFIELD
city: DUBLIN
postcode: 4

contact info
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 Coordinator Country Ireland [IE]
 Project website
 Total cost 3˙387˙265 €
 EC max contribution 3˙387˙265 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.1. (Fostering new skills by means of excellent initial training of researchers)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-ITN-2014
 Funding Scheme MSCA-ITN-ETN
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-01-01   to  2018-12-31


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
4    CHARLES OWEN & COMPANY (BOW) LIMITED UK (RHOSTYLLEN) participant 273˙287.00
5    AGV SPA IT (MOLVENA) participant 258˙061.00
6    LAZER SPORT NV BE (ANTWERPEN) participant 250˙560.00


 Project objective

Head injury is the most severe injury caused by motorcycling, bicycling, snowsports and equestrian activities, and it is the leading cause of death within these activities. Linear acceleration has been used extensively to determine head injury risk, but it has been found that brain injury is actually influenced by angular kinematics. This is ignored by current injury criteria and product certification tests. To date, there is no consensus in terms of head injury due to angular kinematics and this represents a significant gap in the state of the art. The scientific goal of HEADS is to improve the understanding of head impact injury and to design new helmet standard test methods that recognise the influence of rotational kinematics. This will lead to improved helmets and a reduction in the severity of injuries and the numbers of fatalities. This objective will be achieved through a combination of computational simulations of real-life accidents, experimental and computational investigation of injury thresholds, and design of new helmet certification tests. Another major objective of the network is to train a group of highly specialised doctoral graduates who are equally cognisant of head impact biomechanics and helmet design technologies as well as being aware of commercialisable market opportunities. The ESRs will work in world-class facilities with highly qualified experts, and will benefit from the training scheme developed based on the expertise of academic and industrial partners. This project will reach a new level of understanding of head injury and how head injury should be prevented, with directly applicable results to European industry. It will develop a well-networked group of young engineers and scientists into world class researchers and innovators with numerous career paths open to them, who will advance technology for the benefit of society and maintain Europe as a global leader in industrial development.


List of deliverables.
HEAD model release Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2020-02-26 15:06:54
International Helmet Awareness Day Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2020-02-26 15:06:54
Proposed new helmet standards Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2020-02-26 15:06:54
Journal Publications Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2020-02-26 15:06:54
Final HEADS conference Other 2020-02-26 15:06:54
Helmet standards evaluation Documents, reports 2020-02-26 15:06:53
HEADS website Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2020-02-26 15:06:53
Accident data collection guide Documents, reports 2020-02-26 15:06:53
Ethics Documents, reports 2020-02-26 15:06:53

Take a look to the deliverables list in detail:  detailed list of HEADS deliverables.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Annaclaudia Montanino, Svein Kleiven
Utilizing a Structural Mechanics Approach to Assess the Primary Effects of Injury Loads Onto the Axon and Its Components
published pages: , ISSN: 1664-2295, DOI: 10.3389/fneur.2018.00643
Frontiers in Neurology 9 2020-02-26
2016 Clark JM, Post A, Connor TA, Hoshizaki TB, Gilchrist MD
Effect of impact surface in equestrian falls
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
34th International Conference on Biomechanics in Sports 2020-02-26
2016 Trotta A., Ni Annaidh A.
Viscoelastic properties of the scalp, Constitutive behaviour of soft tissues: connective experimental and modelling perspectives.
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
2016 Clark JM, Post A, Hoshizaki TB, Gilchrsit MD
Protective capacity of ice hockey helmets against different impact events
published pages: 44(12), 3693–3, ISSN: 1573-9686, DOI: 10.1007/s10439-016-1686-3
Annals of Biomedical Engineering 2020-02-26
2016 Zambrano, L., Ní Annaidh, A.
Development of a biofidelic FE head model to predict the initiation and propagation of skull fracture in adults in accident reconstruction
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Presentation at BINI 2016 2020-02-26
2016 Kapeliotis, M., Cui, Z., Fehervary, H., Famaey, N., Van der Sloten, J.
Combination of uniaxial tensile testing and two rail shear testing for small samples of biological soft tissue: Feasibility study
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Proceedings at European Mechanics of Materials Conference (EMMC15) 2020-02-26
2016 Post A, Clark JM, Robertson DGE, Hoshizaki TB, Gilchrist MD
The effect of acceleration signal processing for head impact numeric simulations.
published pages: , ISSN: 1460-2687, DOI: 10.1007/s12283-016-0219-5
Sports Engineering 2020-02-26
2016 Clark JM, Post A, Hoshizaki TB, Gilchrist MD
The association among injury metrics for different events in ice hockey goaltender impacts
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
IRCOBI Conference 2016 2020-02-26
2016 Trotta, A., Destrade, M., Ni Annaidh, A.
In-vivo stretch of the skin: a non-invasive method of evaluation
published pages: 138-141, ISSN: , DOI:
BINI (Bioengineering in Ireland22) Conference 2020-02-26

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