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Volume 167, 20182018 3rd International Conference on Mechanical, Manufacturing, Modeling and Mechatronics (IC4M 2018) – 2018 3rd International Conference on Design, Engineering and Science (ICDES 2018)
|Number of page(s)||7|
|Section||Engineering Modeling and Mechatronics|
|Published online||23 April 2018|
Impact Loads on the Occupant under the Protection of an Inversion Tube Energy Absorber during a Helicopter Crash
School of Materials Science and Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074, China
2 Avic Aerospace Life-Support Industries .LTD
The objective of this paper is to investigate the impact loads on the occupants’ head, neck, and spine under the protection of an inversion tube energy absorber during a helicopter crash landing. Due to the high vertical acceleration, the head, neck and spine are the most vulnerable parts of a body, so that an energy absorber is needed to dissipate the kinetic energy of the occupant and the seat to minimize the impact loads. In this paper, an inversion tube was adopted as an energy-absorbing device. The occupant injury conditions were evaluated by a numerical simulation. The result indicates that the impact loads on occupant’s head, neck and spine are below the regulated thresholds under the protection of the energy absorber when the helicopter crash at a speed of 12.81m/s in vertical direction. As a consequence, the design of the occupant protection system has been proven reliable.
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