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impulse | 1/2013 | page 3 Helmets with a perfect fit Better fit for work and sports Even the safest of helmets cannot offer optimum fi t and protection if it is not right for the individual e-learning head size and shape of the wearer. This is the starting point for a Always well informed research project (AiF no. 16976 In addition to traditional class- N) with the objective of creating room seminars and workshops the data basis for optimised as well as lectures at conferences textile-based head protection and conventions, the Hohenstein systems by the summer of 2014. Institute is offering an increasing number of webinars on different subjects. A special advantage is ‘The research results will the international availability of enable manufacturers to the e-learning services around offer consumers helmets the clock. with a better fit in the A PC with internet access and future.‘ speakers are the only require- ments for participating in a live webinar or watching a recorded The results will be transferable Head protection has become mandatory or at least strongly recommended for many work and leisure activities. A study now examines the webinar. After registration, inter- requirements for better fit and more wear comfort. to all head protection systems. The ested participants receive a link range includes head protection and the relevant access data. for the construction trade, police other countries, e.g. in China or the Live seminars allow direct and military as well as helmets for USA, cannot be applied to Germans, ‘For the first time, we communication with the lectur- cyclists, skaters, riders or water sports though, as different ethnic groups are determining the ers through the chat function and/ enthusiasts. Face, ear and respiratory show basic differences in their distribution of actual or headset and microphone, e.g. to protection also play a very important body and head morphologies due to ask detailed questions. Naturallyhead shapes and not just equipment, e.g. for firefighters. The researchers at the of head circumferences are not available when watchingthese personal feedback optionsgenetics. role on so-called personal protection Despite the great demand Hohenstein Institute are using their representative for the recorded webinars. for suitable head protection representative pool of raw scan data German population.’ Our website provides an over- systems there are no well-founded from male and female test subjects view of the steadily growing range anthropometric head data of women, of all age groups. The project team of webinars! men and children available in uses this as a basis for defining dimensional descriptions, meaning virtual average 3D head shapes. Germany to date. Firstly, the known characteristic 3D head morphologies, possible dimensional correlations In addition to fit-specific criteria, standards which are applied to head creating average head shapes and between the eye, nose, mouth the physiological aspects of Desirée Ditrich protection systems do not contain the deriving all relevant parameters and ear areas. Categorising these moisture transport provided by required measurement information for the development of appropriate morphologies into representative the materials in the helmet have a d.ditrich@hohenstein.de for deriving 3D shapes. Secondly, protection systems. head shapes for men, women and substantial influence on comfort www.hohenstein.com/e-learning the measurements in the standards In addition to the known head children will be an important step. and on acceptance by the wearer. do not correspond to the current state measurements from the ergonomics In the end, interested manufacturers The research project consequently of the art. standard, the scientists will be will have access to specific sizing examines these aspects as well. O t h e r c o u n t r i e s h ave taking additional measurements and systems describing the current progressed much further with the evaluate these to derive characteristic head and face dimensions to be Simone Morlock implementation of projects for head morphologies. Apart from head used as a basis for the design of s.morlock@hohenstein.de optimised head protection systems. shape, the project will also research head protection systems. There Anthropometric data collected in facial measurements and provide will also be standardised, realistic, www.hohenstein.de/pr-456-EN


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