An Advanced Omnidirectional Impact Absorber

Nearly all existing energy absorbers use compression and crush as the primary mechanism for kinetic energy absorption and payload protection. For omnidirectional protection, existing energy absorbers are intrinsically inefficient and difficult to tailor to specific protection requirements. Stroke efficiency, initial compression stiffness, and crush force efficiency are key areas of improvement to existing designs. This novel impact absorber is well suited for high performance  light weight applications that require omnidirectional impact and/or thermal protection. It can also be utilized in unidirectional applications with equally high impact performance. In comparison to existing technologies this impact absorber offers improved performance and design flexibility for greater stroke efficiency, better initial compression stiffness, and greater crush force efficiency. Additionally, this impact absorber maintains its high performance for spherical applications and its performance can be quickly and easily tailored to different impact and thermal protection requirements. It can also be used to replace crushable impact absorbers in other applications, such as car seats, motorcycle helmets, and more.

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Engineering
For Information, Contact:
Mike Miller
Senior Licensing Manager
Virginia Tech Intellectual Properties, Inc.
(540) 443-9228
mmiller@vtip.org
Inventors:
Scott Victor Perino
Javid Bayandor
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