Auxetic foam for snowsport safety devices

ALLEN, Tom, DUNCAN, Olly, FOSTER, Leon, SENIOR, Terry, ZAMPIERI, Davide, EDEH, Victor and ALDERSON, Andrew (2016). Auxetic foam for snowsport safety devices. In: Snow sports trauma and safety: proceedings of the International Society of Skiing Safety. Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology, 21 . International Society for Skiing Safety. (In Press)

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Skiing and snowboarding are popular snow-sports with inherent risk of injury. There is potential to reduce the prevalence of injuries by improving and implementing snow-sport safety devices with the application of advanced materials. This paper investigates the application of auxetic foam to snow-sport safety devices. Composite pads - consisting of foam covered with a semi-rigid shell - were investigated as a simple model of body armour and a large 70 x 355 x 355 mm auxetic foam sample was fabricated as an example crash barrier. The thermo-mechanical conversion process was applied to convert open-cell polyurethane foam to auxetic foam. The composite pad with auxetic foam absorbed around three times more energy than the conventional equivalent under quasi-static compression with a concentrated load, indicating potential for body armour applications. An adapted thermo-mechanical process - utilising through-thickness rods to control in-plane compression - was applied to fabricate the large sample with relatively consistent properties throughout, indicating further potential for fabrication of a full size auxetic crash barrier. Further work will create full size prototypes of snow-sport safety devices with comparative testing against current products.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Book series ISSN : 0065-2598
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Sports Engineering Research
Depositing User: Jill Hazard
Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2016 13:10
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2016 21:09

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