- Available Technology
Keywords: Athletic Safety
Athletic Equipment, Protective Headgear, Facemask, Faceguard, Athlete Safety
This technology comprises four main improvements over the existing NOCSAE stiffness apparatus and test. First, the CHIP test allows for a degree of lateral and rotational movement of the facemask during testing, as well as reducing the load applied to the facemask. Combined, these two factors reduce the likelihood of permanent damage to the mask during testing. Furthermore, the load is applied using a 6” diameter plunger, as opposed to a 1”, and the deformation of the mask is limited to 5mm from 3 inches. These factors reduce the likelihood of permanent facemask damage, and also achieves the goal of generating data spanning a spectrum of differences across facemask design.
• Allows for lateral and rotational facemask movement, reducing permanent deformation of the facemask
• Applies a load to the facemask at 100mm/min, reduced from 254 mm/min, ensuring the facemask does not splinter or break during testing
• Uses a 6” diameter plunger to apply force to the facemask, ensuring a broader distribution of force that allows for greater nuance of measurement
John DesJardins, Gregory Batt
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