Impact Performance of Safety Helmets According to EN 397, EN 12492 and EN 812
It is critical that manufacturers of safety helmets are able to accurately determine how their product will distribute the shock of an impact, while protecting the head. Without sophisticated testing equipment and manufactures may not be able to accurately simulate force, geometries and other impact characteristics that the helmets may be subjected to on the playing field.
Head forms according to the European standard EN 960 are used for the safety relevant testing at the different safety helmets. The helmet testing procedures are defined in the respective standards EN 397, EN 12492 and EN 812.
To identify how the helmet will distribute the shock and absorb the energy from an impact, we set up a test on our impact drop tower Instron 9450.
The amount of force transmitted through the helmet is quantified with the Force Transmission Package. In this test, the helmet is installed onto a headform, which is then mounted onto a custom Piezo Compression Platen. Data is collected through the Data Acquistion System and Bluehill Impact Software.
Instron Drop Towers are used to develop, fine tune, and validate material models. Testing materials under real impact conditions is a crucial step prior of product design. Using the characterization data obtained with the Instron 9400, coupled with customer supplied high-speed video, you can have confidence in your results and deliver new materials to your customers faster. Our Drop Tower impact systems, fixtures, and tups are designed to meet a wide range of applications and testing standards including: ISO, ASTM, ANSI, Airbus, Boeing, BSI, DIN, EN, FDA, Ford, GM, JIS, NASA, GOST, and more.
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