Challenge III Winners
The NFL, Under Armour, GE, and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST) have announced five winners of Head Health Challenge III. Each of the winners will receive $250,000 to advance their work in developing state-of-the-art materials. Download the Press Release >>
Challenge III Round 1 Award Winners and their areas of research and innovation:
Alba Technic, LLC (Winthrop, ME) has developed a patented, shock-absorbent honeycomb material with an outer layer that diverts the energy from a fall or hit. The material is normally soft and compliant, but upon impact, the outer layer changes into a hard shell to spread the energy and protect the user from injury.
Charles Owen Inc (Lincolnton, GA) made cellular structures that use a stacked, origami-like design to optimize energy absorption. The essential building block of this winning material is a double corrugated sheet of the material, whose ability to fold efficiently was originally developed for applications in areas such as solar array packing in the space industry.
Corsair Innovations (Plymouth, MA) has developed a textile that uses tiny, spring-like fibers to repel rotational and linear impacts, thereby reducing potential damage. Unlike foam materials, this textile is washable, breathable, wicks sweat and can be easily engineered to meet impact performance requirements.
Dynamic Research Inc. (Torrance, CA) and 6D Helmets LLC are collaborating to evolve 6D’s single-impact suspension technology for use in repeated impact conditions. The suspension technology consists of a multi-layer, suspended internal liner system that allows the outer layer to move independently of the inner layer in order to reduce the effect of both angular and linear impact forces.
University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI) researchers designed a lightweight, multi-layered composite that includes a viscoelastic material. This material can be uniquely utilized to help limit the force and impulse of multiple and repeated impact events.