Preventing Brain Injuries
The battlefield and the football field are obvious places where head or body trauma might happen. But current technology aimed at preventing or reducing injuries often takes a one-size-fits-all approach.
Brain injuries may occur when traumatic forces such as blasts or helmet-to-helmet collisions impact the head. Primary injuries are quickly apparent, but secondary injuries, which take longer to occur, can result from damage that impedes communication from cell to cell.
Ashfaq Adnan, a Distinguished University Professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and director of the Multiscale Mechanics and Physics Lab, has performed extensive research into how traumatic forces actually affect brain tissue. He and his team use a variety of equipment, including high-speed cameras and phantom heads that mimic actual human heads, to apply their findings to the development of smart sensing elements for protective equipment in a dynamic environment. They also experiment with 3D-printed advanced materials for smart protection against impact and directed energies. ₪