Beam Based Modeling of Open-Celled Foams

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With modern polymer and composite technology helmets used by military personnel have become so good at preventing death from kinetic impacts that soldiers are surviving attacks that would have killed them before. While more soldiers are surviving, the momentum transfer due to the impact can injure the wearer’s brain. In this research we seek to understand the momentum and energy transfer physics of open-celled foams to better protect helmet wearers. Various projects in this research include the processing of scanned foam images and the used of beam finite elements to simulate impact events in open cells.