Simulating the Human Head for Safer Helmet Design
Shawn Wasserman posted on March 11, 2015 | 9975 views

A new 3D model of the human head is available for use in computational simulations such as FEA and CFD. The model uses MRI scans and image segmentation to reproduce the human head’s external and internal structures, and was designed by Simpleware and the US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL)

Traditionally, CAD and image-based models of the human head were limited to specific applications. This made it difficult for simulation users to adapt those models to their simulations, but with this new model the process should be both easy and accurate. For instance, the NRL even validated the model for blunt head traumas, so you can trust the data you’re given.

Furthermore, the pre-segmented data in Simpleware’s 3D model simplifies the meshing of the 3D model for various applications. As a result the 3D head model from Simpleware can be meshed to optimally work with various simulation options, including CFD, impact, electromagnetics and more.

Finally, simulation experts will be able to add extra objects to the 3D head model. This will make it easier for sports and military industries to reduce trauma and injuries by optimizing designs for helmets, goggles and other headgear.

Other potential uses include:

  • Impact/concussion research
  • Shockwave damage
  • MRI effects on the brain
  • Automotive testing

Source Simpleware Ltd.

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