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Wrocław scientists develop better ‘impact-absorbing’ helmet to improve safety

Photo: press materials
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A helmet offering greater safety to cyclists and skiers is begin developed by scientists from the Wrocław University of Science and Technology.

A helmet offering greater safety to cyclists and skiers is begin developed by scientists from the Wrocław University of Science and Technology.

Made in the form of open, spatial structures resembling honeycombs, the helmet’s replaceable insert will absorb 84 percent of impact energy through plastic, multi-spot folding.

Project leader Dr. Paweł Kaczyński from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering said: “After a fall or collision, every cyclist or athlete will be able to easily replace the helmet's insert, without force or specialized equipment. 

“At the same time, such a replacement will in any way reduce the guarantee of the helmet's safety. The helmet will still meet the standards required by law.”

He added: “The protective helmet linings are made of non-ecological, petroleum products that decompose in nature for 100 years or more. It is estimated that in Poland alone, about a million of such devices are disposed of each year, which translates to about 500,000 kg of waste.”

The project which is co-financed by the National Centre for Research and Development under the 'Lider' programme, is expected to last two years and prototypes will be developed in four sizes. 

Researchers want to patent their solution and attract Polish manufacturers of protective head gear. (PAP)

author: Piotr Doczekalski

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